Definitions for countyˈkaʊn ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

coun•tyˈkaʊn ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the largest local administrative division in most states of the U.S.

    Category: Government

  2. a territorial division and unit of local government in Great Britain, Canada, etc.

    Category: Government

  3. the territory of a county, esp. its rural areas.

    Category: Government

  4. the inhabitants of a county.

    Category: Government

  5. the domain of a count or earl.

    Category: Western History

Origin of county:

1250–1300; ME counte < AF counté, OF cunté, conte < LL comitātus imperial seat, office of a comes (see count2)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. county(noun)

    (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government

    "the county has a population of 12,345 people"

  2. county(noun)

    (United States) the largest administrative district within a state

    "the county plans to build a new road"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. county(noun)ˈkaʊn ti

    a division of a small country or a U.S. state

    a small town in Hennepin County


  1. county(Noun)

    The land ruled by a count or a countess.

  2. county(Noun)

    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.

  3. county(Noun)

    A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions, as in traditional county.

Webster Dictionary

  1. County(noun)

    an earldom; the domain of a count or earl

  2. County(noun)

    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

  3. County(noun)

    a count; an earl or lord


  1. County

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'county' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1121

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'county' in Written Corpus Frequency: #365

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'county' in Nouns Frequency: #336

Translations for county

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a large administrative unit of local government in England and Wales and in the United States.

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