countess

countess

[koun-tis]
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:
1125–75; Middle English c(o)untesse < Anglo-French. See count2, -ess


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countess (ˈkaʊntɪs)
 
n
1.  the wife or widow of a count or earl
2.  a woman of the rank of count or earl

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countess
mid-12c., adopted in Anglo-Norm. for "the wife of an earl," from M.L. cometissa, fem. of L. comes "count" (see count (n.)).
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