the wife or widow of a viscount.
a woman holding in her own right a rank equivalent to that of a viscount.

Origin of viscountess

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at viscount, -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viscountess

Historical Examples of viscountess

  • It was the Viscountess, and not Grog Davis's daughter, he saw before him.

  • But if the countess is to lose her husband, she ought to lose him to a viscountess, at least.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • They wondered 'why the Lavigne did not star on the programme as a Viscountess?'

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • "Do as you please, then," returned the Viscountess, laughing.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

  • The Viscountess started, and avoided meeting her cousin's eye.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for viscountess



the wife or widow of a viscount
a woman who holds the rank of viscount in her own right
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