viscount

[ vahy-kount ]
/ ˈvaɪˌkaʊnt /

noun

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.

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
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viscount

/ (ˈvaɪkaʊnt) /

noun

(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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