(United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
"the county has a population of 12,345 people"
(United States) the largest administrative district within a state
"the county plans to build a new road"
The land ruled by a count or a countess.
An administrative region of various countries, including Bhutan, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions, as in traditional county.
an earldom; the domain of a count or earl
a circuit or particular portion of a state or kingdom, separated from the rest of the territory, for certain purposes in the administration of justice and public affairs; -- called also a shire. See Shire
a count; an earl or lord
Origin: [F. comt, fr. LL. comitatus. See Count.]
A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposes in certain modern nations. Its etymology derives from the Old French term, conté or cunté and could denote a jurisdiction in mainland Europe, under the sovereignty of a count or a viscount. The modern French is comté, and its equivalents in other languages are contea, contado, comtat, condado, Grafschaft, Gau, etc.. When the Normans conquered England, they brought the term with them. The Saxons had already established the regions that became the Historic counties of England calling them shires. The Vikings introduced the term earl to the British Isles. Thus, "earl" and "earldom" were taken as equivalent to the continental use of "count" and "county". So, the later-imported term became a synonym for the native English word scir or, in Modern English, shire. Since a shire was an administrative division of the kingdom, the term "county" evolved to designate an administrative division of national government in most modern uses.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'county' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1121
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'county' in Written Corpus Frequency: #365
Rank popularity for the word 'county' in Nouns Frequency: #336
The numerical value of county in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of county in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.
The impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County.
Montgomery County is not Montgomery County, but Montgomery County’s pretty bad, when Northern Virginia cracked down around 2005 from 2011, many illegals moved to Montgomery County, where they knew they would be treated more leniently.
(Trump) risks alienating the very powerful base that elected him if he doesn’t act soon. We’ve given Republicans all of the branches of government, and we don’t want to see them support DACA by any means. Orange County Register, Jan. 27, 2017
While bills are being brought into the House of Commons to regulate every thing, from the sweeps crying "sweep," to "emancipation, vote by ballot, and free trade," is there no county member whose "time and talents'' are devoted to "domestic policy," who will bring in a bill "for the better regulation of the marriage ceremony," and put the canonical hours later in the day ? at all events, could there not be a special clause in favour of London ? A spring morning there is the very reverse of Thomson's description ; for "delicious mildness" read "a cutting east wind;" and for "veiled in roses" substitute "smoke and fog." The streets are given up to the necessities of life — to the milkman with his cans, the butcher with his tray, the baker with his basket ; all belong to the material portion of existence. Now, marriage is (or ought to be) an affair of affections, sentiments, &c. The legislature ought to give it the full benefit of moonlight and wax-candles.
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Translations for county
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- окръг, графствоBulgarian
- comarca, comtatCatalan, Valencian
- hrabství, okresCzech
- Grafschaft, Landkreis, Bezirk, CountyGerman
- περιφέρεια, κομητεία, νομός, επαρχίαGreek
- maakunta, kreivikuntaFinnish
- comté, départementFrench
- siorrachd, siorramachdScottish Gaelic
- megye, grófságHungarian
- contado, conteaItalian
- ស្រុក, អាណាស្រុកKhmer
- грофовство, грофовија, округMacedonian
- графство, округ, уездRussian
- grevskap, länSwedish
- quận, quận hạtVietnamese
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