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[koun-tee] /ˈkaʊn ti/
noun, plural counties.
the largest administrative division of a U.S. state:
Miami, Florida, is in Dade County.
one of the chief administrative divisions of a country or state, as in Great Britain and Ireland.
one of the larger divisions for purposes of local administration, as in Canada and New Zealand.
the territory of a county, especially its rural areas:
We farmed out in the county before moving to town.
the inhabitants of a county:
It was supposed to be a secret, but you told the whole county.
the domain of a count or earl.
Origin of county1
1250-1300; Middle English counte < Anglo-French counté, Old French cunté, conte < Late Latin comitātus imperial seat, office of a comes (see count2), equivalent to Latin comit-, stem of comes + -ātus -ate3 (or by reanalysis of Latin comitātus escort, retinue, orig. verbal noun of comitārī to accompany, derivative of comes


[koun-tee] /ˈkaʊn ti/
noun, Obsolete
count2 .
1540-50; < Anglo-French counte count2; -y by confusion with county1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for county
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  • Why, it appeared there was not a proper juror in the county!

  • She's a scold and she holds half the mortgages in the county.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • You might represent this county, as your ancestors have done before.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In 1847 the last of these objectionable citizens left the county.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • I will cultivate the orchard for forty years in this county if they live so long.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for county


noun (pl) -ties
  1. any of the administrative or geographic subdivisions of certain states, esp any of the major units into which England and Wales are or have been divided for purposes of local government
  2. (as modifier): county cricket
(NZ) an electoral division in a rural area
(obsolete) the lands under the jurisdiction of a count or earl
(Brit, informal) having the characteristics and habits of the inhabitants of country houses and estates, esp an upper-class accent and an interest in horses, dogs, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Old French conté land belonging to a count, from Late Latin comitātus office of a count, from comescount²
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Word Origin and History for county

c.1300, from Anglo-French counte, from Late Latin comitatus "jurisdiction of a count," from Latin comes (see count (n.)); replaced Old English scir "shire."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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