- the wife or widow of a count in the nobility of Continental Europe or of an earl in the British peerage.
- a woman having the rank of a count or earl in her own right.
Origin of countess
Examples from the Web for countess
Kate - known as the Countess of Strathearn when north of the border - wore £425 blue and grey coat by British label Moloh.Kate, William and Tartan Bump Tour Scotland
April 4, 2013
Just look at their company: Countess LuAnn, Steve Harvey, Jessica Seinfeld, Paris Hilton.‘Pot Psychology’: The Stoners’ Guide to Life
November 11, 2012
Also present were Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.Kate Middleton Stuns in Temperley Dress
October 24, 2012
The Royal visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex to the territory raised tensions in Spain.Edward's Visit to Gibraltar Stirs Up Spanish Anger
June 14, 2012
The Countess deftly steered the lifeboat, a resolute and unlikely vision in her ermine and pearls.The Titanic’s Haute Heroine: The Countess of Rothes
April 12, 2012
To forget her friends that she might go into society a countess!Weighed and Wanting
The Countess had worked hard all her life, and her hands were red and big-jointed.
Now, don't worry about it any more—I expect it was the Countess told you that.
"Well, I do think it's awfully good, Dell," began the Countess.
"I just know he'll choose Bill," crowed the Countess after the flicker of the doctor's skirts.
- the wife or widow of a count or earl
- a woman of the rank of count or earl
Word Origin and History for countess
mid-12c., adopted in Anglo-French for "the wife of an earl," from Medieval Latin cometissa, fem. of Latin comes "count" (see count (n.)).