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comitatus2

noun

a county in the UK

Word Origin

Latin comitatus 'count'

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  • It is scarcely credible that a Teutonic comitatus could have existed under such conditions.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • The bodyguard of the king (comitatus or gesith) is more distinctly dependent upon him.

  • Nor was the feudal system established in any sense by the settlement of the comitatus group on the conquered land.

  • The viking band, as a development of the Teutonic comitatus, was naturally inspired with its ideas of honour and valour.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • So also in government the council of the tribe or community has come to be nothing more than a comitatus or court.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • It would be a mistake no doubt to suppose that the comitatus owes its origin to this mercenary service.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • In principle we may regard him as the princeps of a comitatus.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • But if you deny the fact, you are to bring your said wife to our comitatus and there prove her innocence.'

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • But if you dispute his title, send a properly instructed person to plead the cause in our comitatus.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Diligently enquire into it, for the credit of our comitatus is involved in our subjects being able to journey to it in safety.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Word Origin and History for comitatus

Latin collective of comes, comitem "a companion, an associate" (see count (n.)).

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