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comitatus2

noun

a county in the UK

Word Origin

Latin comitatus 'count'

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  • In principle we may regard him as the princeps of a comitatus.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • The institution of the comitatus in its first state had nothing whatever to do with the holding of land.

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

  • The bodyguard of the king (comitatus or gesith) is more distinctly dependent upon him.

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

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • Such kingdoms often rest on no national or tribal foundations; the king and his comitatus form the nucleus of the organism.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • 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
  • Both are summoned to the 'comitatus' of the King, that a fair division may there be made between them.

    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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