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county

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[koun-tee]
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noun, plural coun·ties.
  1. the largest administrative division of a U.S. state: Miami, Florida, is in Dade County.
  2. one of the chief administrative divisions of a country or state, as in Great Britain and Ireland.
  3. one of the larger divisions for purposes of local administration, as in Canada and New Zealand.
  4. the territory of a county, especially its rural areas: We farmed out in the county before moving to town.
  5. the inhabitants of a county: It was supposed to be a secret, but you told the whole county.
  6. the domain of a count or earl.
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Origin of county

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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, orig. verbal noun of comitārī to accompany, derivative of comes

county

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[koun-tee]
noun Obsolete.
  1. count2.
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Origin of county

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1540–50; < Anglo-French counte count2; -y by confusion with county1
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Related Words for county

division, constituency, canton, shire

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British Dictionary definitions for county

county

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
  1. NZ an electoral division in a rural area
  2. obsolete the lands under the jurisdiction of a count or earl
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adjective
  1. 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
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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
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Word Origin and History for county

n.

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."

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