countship

countship

[kount-ship]
noun
1.
the rank or position of a count.
2.
the territory or jurisdiction of a count.

Origin:
1695–1705; count2 + -ship

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count2 (kaʊnt)
 
n
1.  a nobleman in any of various European countries having a rank corresponding to that of a British earl
2.  any of various officials in the late Roman Empire and under various Germanic kings in the early Middle Ages
3.  a man who has received an honour (papal knighthood) from the Pope in recognition of good deeds, achievements, etc
 
[C16: from Old French conte, from Late Latin comes occupant of a state office, from Latin: overseer, associate, literally: one who goes with, from com- with + īre to go]
 
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