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countess

[ koun-tis ]
/ ˈkaʊn tɪs /
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noun
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.
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Origin of countess

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English c(o)untesse, from Anglo-French; see origin at count2, -ess

usage note for countess

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for countess

countess
/ (ˈkaʊntɪs) /

noun
the wife or widow of a count or earl
a woman of the rank of count or earl
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