[ vahy-kount ]
/ ˈvaɪˌkaʊnt /


a nobleman next below an earl or count and next above a baron.
History/Historical. a deputy of a count or earl.
(in England) a sheriff.

Nearby words

  1. visconti,
  2. visconti, luchino,
  3. viscose,
  4. viscosity,
  5. viscosity index,
  6. viscount melville sound,
  7. viscountcy,
  8. viscountess,
  9. viscounty,
  10. viscous

Origin of viscount

1350–1400; Middle English viscounte < Anglo-French; Old French visconte (French vicomte), equivalent to vis vice3 + counte count2, translation Medieval Latin vicecomes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for viscount


/ (ˈvaɪkaʊnt) /


(in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below an earl and above a baron
(in various countries) a son or younger brother of a countSee also vicomte
(in medieval Europe) the deputy of a count

Word Origin for viscount

C14: from Old French visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomes, from Late Latin vice- vice ³ + comes count ²

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Word Origin and History for viscount



late 14c., "deputy of a count or earl," from Anglo-French and Old French visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomes (genitive vicecomitis), from Late Latin vice- "deputy" (see vice-) + Latin comes "member of an imperial court, nobleman" (see count (n.)). As a rank in British peerage, first recorded 1440, when John, Baron Beaumont, was made one by Henry VI.

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