count coup. coup1(def 4).

Origin of count

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English counten < Anglo-French c(o)unter, Old French conter < Latin computāre to compute; (noun) Middle English counte < Anglo-French c(o)unte, Old French conte < Late Latin computus calculation, reckoning, noun derivative of computāre
Related formshalf-count·ed, adjective




(in some European countries) a nobleman equivalent in rank to an English earl.

Origin of count

1375–1425; late Middle English counte < Anglo-French c(o)unte, Old French conte, comte < Late Latin comitem, accusative of comes honorary title of various imperial functionaries, Latin: retainer, staff member, literally, companion; see comes




WilliamCount, 1904–84, U.S. jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for count

Contemporary Examples of count

Historical Examples of count

  • "Count me in, please," said Blanche, in her usual vein of frankness.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Their weight was too great not to count, but it counted first this way and then that.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It was in fact a little way beyond what she had come to count her limit.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She says that her record of five years in your employ ought to count something in her favor.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Usually one might count on the woman's silence, her instinct for self-protection.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for count




to add up or check (each unit in a collection) in order to ascertain the sum; enumeratecount your change
(tr) to recite numbers in ascending order up to and including
(tr often foll by in) to take into account or includewe must count him in
not counting excluding
(tr) to believe to be; consider; think; deemcount yourself lucky
(intr) to recite or list numbers in ascending order either in units or groupsto count in tens
(intr) to have value, importance, or influencethis picture counts as a rarity
(intr often foll by for) to have a certain specified value or importancethe job counts for a lot
(intr) music to keep time by counting beats


the act of counting or reckoning
the number reached by counting; sum
law a paragraph in an indictment containing a distinct and separate charge
physics the total number of photons or ionized particles detected by a counter
keep count to keep a record of items, events, etc
lose count to fail to keep an accurate record of items, events, etc
boxing wrestling the act of telling off a number of seconds by the referee, as when a boxer has been knocked down or a wrestler pinned by his opponent
out for the count boxing knocked out and unable to continue after a count of ten by the referee
take the count boxing to be unable to continue after a count of ten
archaic notice; regard; account

Word Origin for count

C14: from Anglo-French counter, from Old French conter, from Latin computāre to calculate, compute




a nobleman in any of various European countries having a rank corresponding to that of a British earl
any of various officials in the late Roman Empire and under various Germanic kings in the early Middle Ages
a man who has received an honour (papal knighthood) from the Pope in recognition of good deeds, achievements, etc
Derived Formscountship, noun

Word Origin for count

C16: from Old French conte, from Late Latin comes occupant of a state office, from Latin: overseer, associate, literally: one who goes with, from com- with + īre to go



William, known as Count Basie . 1904–84, US jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer: associated particularly with the polished phrasing and style of big-band jazz
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Word Origin and History for count

mid-14c., from Old French conter "add up," but also "tell a story," from Latin computare (see compute). Related: Counted; counting. Modern French differentiates compter "to count" and conter "to tell," but they are cognates.


title of nobility, c.1300, from Anglo-French counte (Old French conte), from Latin comitem (nominative comes) "companion, attendant," the Roman term for a provincial governor, from com- "with" (see com-) + stem of ire "to go" (see ion). The term was used in Anglo-French to render Old English eorl, but the word was never truly naturalized and mainly was used with reference to foreign titles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for count




To name or list the units of a group or collection one by one in order to determine a total.


The act of counting or calculating.
The totality of specific items in a particular sample.
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Idioms and Phrases with count


In addition to the idioms beginning with count

  • count against
  • count down
  • count for
  • count in
  • count noses
  • count off
  • count on
  • count one's chickens before they hatch
  • count out
  • count to ten

also see:

  • down for the count
  • every minute counts
  • out for (the count)
  • stand up and be counted
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