Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[koun-tis] /ˈkaʊn tɪs/
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
1125-75; Middle English c(o)untesse < Anglo-French. See count2, -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for countess
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Bab noticed that the countess was trembling when she took her hand.

  • “Good-bye, countess,” I said; and she gave me her hand in silence.

  • As was afterward apparent, the countess had arranged her schedule with considerable care.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • It was administered to the countess Anna, and effected a complete cure.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The countess had not heard the enthusiastic encomium of Maurice, nor his last, involuntary remark.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for countess


the wife or widow of a count or earl
a woman of the rank of count or earl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for countess

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for countess

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for countess