- 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
Origin of county2
Examples from the Web for county
Will Christian pharmacists, county clerks, florists, and for-profit wedding chapels really withdraw from society, as you describe?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
After all, not every county medical examiner can spot CTE on microscopic slides.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?
December 1, 2014
There is something irrevocable-feeling about couples tying the knot on the steps of the county courthouse.Gay Marriage Chaos Begins
November 11, 2014
We are and always have been a country of city and county, downtowns and small towns.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
This creates a fierce political competition between city and county governments and within county governments.Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
August 18, 2014
Reflecting, by your ostentation, upon all the ladies in the county, who do not as you do.
Were I a man, she should suppose I was aiming to carry the county—Popularity!
Mr. Burke, don't you know from what county of fairyland Helen hails?The Bacillus of Beauty
"The jail of the county is at Welland, the county town," replied the constable.In the Midst of Alarms
The station for which we are bound is Elgin, the county town of Morayshire.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- 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
- (as modifier)county cricket
- NZ an electoral division in a rural area
- obsolete the lands under the jurisdiction of a count or earl
- British 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 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."