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[vahy-koun-tis] /ˈvaɪˌkaʊn tɪs/
the wife or widow of a viscount.
a woman holding in her own right a rank equivalent to that of a viscount.
Origin of viscountess
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at viscount, -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was the viscountess, and not Grog Davis's daughter, he saw before him.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • But if the countess is to lose her husband, she ought to lose him to a viscountess, at least.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • They wondered 'why the Lavigne did not star on the programme as a viscountess?'

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • "Do as you please, then," returned the viscountess, laughing.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • The viscountess started, and avoided meeting her cousin's eye.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • Then turning to the viscountess, he added, "Tell us all you heard."

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • The proposal was a startling one, and the viscountess did not entertain it favorably.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • The viscountess liked the play of wit, as she had little herself.

  • When they entered Fazani's, the raffle was only waiting for the arrival of the viscountess.

    Manners, Vol 3 of 3 Frances Brooke
  • The viscountess desired her footmen to send "Argant" to show the rooms.

    Manners, Vol 1 of 3 Frances Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for viscountess


the wife or widow of a viscount
a woman who holds the rank of viscount in her own right
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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