[ koun-tee ]
/ ˈkaʊn ti /
Save This Word!

noun, plural coun·ties.
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.
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?

Origin of county

1250–1300; Middle English counte<Anglo-French counté,Old French cunté, conte<Late Latin comitātus imperial seat, office of a comes (see count2), equivalent to Latin comit-, stem of comes + -ātus-ate3 (or by reanalysis of Latin comitātus escort, retinue, originally verbal noun of comitārī to accompany, derivative of comes

Other definitions for county (2 of 2)

[ koun-tee ]
/ ˈkaʊn ti /

noun Obsolete.

Origin of county

1540–50; <Anglo-French countecount2; -y by confusion with county1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use county in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for county

/ (ˈkaʊntɪ) /

noun plural -ties
  1. 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
  2. (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 for county

C14: from Old French conté land belonging to a count, from Late Latin comitātus office of a count, from comes count ²
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