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countess

[koun-tis] /ˈkaʊn tɪs/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of a count in the nobility of Continental Europe or of an earl in the British peerage.
2.
a woman having the rank of a count or earl in her own right.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English c(o)untesse < Anglo-French. See count2, -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for countess

countess

/ˈkaʊntɪs/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of a count or earl
2.
a woman of the rank of count or earl
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Word Origin and History for countess
n.

mid-12c., adopted in Anglo-French for "the wife of an earl," from Medieval Latin cometissa, fem. of Latin comes "count" (see count (n.)).

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