What does COUNTY mean?

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ˈkaʊn ticoun·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. countynoun

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

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

  2. countynoun

    (United States) the largest administrative district within a state

    "the county plans to build a new road"


  1. countynoun

    The land ruled by a count or a countess.

  2. countynoun

    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. countynoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Countynoun

    1.A shire; that is, a circuit or portion of the realm, into which the whole land is divided, for the better government thereof, and the more easy administration of justice; so that there is no part of the kingdom, but what lieth within some county. Every county is governed by a yearly officer, called a sheriff, who, among other duties belonging to his office, puts in execution all the commands and judgments of the king’s courts. Of these counties four are termed county-palatines, as that of Lancaster, Chester, Durham, and Ely. A county-palatine is a jurisdiction of so high a nature, that whereas all pleas, touching the life and the maiming of a man, called pleas of the crown, and ordinarily held in the king’s name, and which cannot pass in the name of any other; the chief governors, of these, by special charter from the king, sent out all writs in their own name, and did all things touching justice as absolutely as the prince himself in other counties, only acknowledging him their superior and sovereign. But this power has, by a statute in Henry VIII. his time, been much abridged. Besides the above counties of both sorts, there are likewise counties corporate, which are certain cities or ancient boroughs upon which our princes have thought good to bestow extraordinary liberties. Of these London is one, York another, the city of Chester a third, and Canterbury a fourth. And to these may be added many more; as the county of the town of Kingston upon Hull, the county of the town of Haverfordwest, and the county of Litchfield. County is, in another signification, used for the county-court which the sheriff keeps every month within his charge, either by himself or his deputy. Of these counties, one with another, there are reckoned thirty-seven in England, besides twelve in Wales. John Cowell

    Etymology: comtè, Fr. comitatus, Latin.

    Discharge your powers unto their several counties,
    As we will ours. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    He caught his death the last county sessions, where he would go to see justice done to a poor widow-woman and her fatherless children. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 517.

    The gallant, young, and noble gentleman,
    The county Paris. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    He made Hugh Lupus county palatine of Chester, and gave that earldom to him and his heirs, to hold the same ita liberè ad gladium sicut rex tenebat Angliam ad coronam. Davies.


  1. County

    A county is a geographic region of a country used for administrative or other purposes in certain modern nations. The term is derived from the Old French comté denoting a jurisdiction under the sovereignty of a count (earl) or a viscount. Literal equivalents in other languages, derived from the equivalent of "count", are now seldom used officially, including comté, contea, contado, comtat, condado, Grafschaft, graafschap, and zhupa in Slavic languages; terms equivalent to commune/community are now often instead used. When the Normans conquered England, they brought the term with them. The Saxons had already established the districts that became the historic counties of England, calling them shires; many county names derive from the name of the county town (county seat) with the word shire added on: for example, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The Anglo-Saxon terms earl and earldom were taken as equivalent to the continental terms "count" and "county" under the conquering Normans, and over time the two blended and became equivalent. Further, the later-imported term became a synonym for the native Old English word sċīr ([ʃiːr]) or, in Modern English, shire – an equivalent administrative division of the kingdom. The term "county" evolved, consequently, to designate a level of local administration that was immediately beneath a national government, within a unitary (non-federal) system of government. County later also became used differently in some federal systems of government, for a local administrative division subordinate to a primary subnational entity, such as a Province (e.g. Canada) or a level 3 territorial unit (NUTS 3). In the United States and Canada, founded 600 years later on the British traditions, counties are usually an administrative division set by convenient geographical demarcations, which in governance have certain officeholders (for example sheriffs and their departments) as a part of the state and provincial mechanisms, including geographically common court systems.A county may be further subdivided into districts, hundreds, townships or other administrative jurisdictions within the county. A county usually, but not always, contains cities, towns, townships, villages, or other municipal corporations, which in most cases are somewhat subordinate or dependent upon county governments. Depending on the nation, municipality, and local geography, municipalities may or may not be subject to direct or indirect county control — the functions of both levels are often consolidated into a city government when the area is densely populated.Outside English-speaking countries, an equivalent of the term county is often used to describe subnational jurisdictions that are structurally equivalent to counties in the relationship they have with their national government; but which may not be administratively equivalent to counties in predominantly English-speaking countries.


  1. County

    A county is a geographic and political subdivision within a state or country, typically forming the largest territorial unit below the state level. It is usually administered by a government entity, such as a board of commissioners or a council, and is responsible for providing various local services, including law enforcement, public education, and infrastructure maintenance. Counties may vary in size, population, and specific responsibilities depending on the jurisdiction they are located in.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Countynoun

    an earldom; the domain of a count or earl

  2. Countynoun

    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. Countynoun

    a count; an earl or lord

  4. Etymology: [F. comt, fr. LL. comitatus. See Count.]


  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, County is ranked #51830 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The County surname appeared 401 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname County.

    53.6% or 215 total occurrences were Black.
    36.6% or 147 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.7% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of COUNTY in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of COUNTY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of COUNTY in a Sentence

  1. Mark Green:

    Let me say this about autism, i have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC's desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.

  2. Chris Edwards:

    Park agencies are always complaining that they have a shortage of funding, but the Marin County Parks effort to prevent mountain bikers from having fun shows that it has money to burn.

  3. Page Pate:

    I think he's got a stronger legal argument if he takes the first step, so if a county or municipality tries to do something different, the governor can say,' I already did something here... you can't do something that's inconsistent with me.'.

  4. Roy Cooper:

    We grieve for Sgt. Chris Ward, K-9 Deputy Logan Fox and the entire Watauga County law enforcement community today after these tragic deaths in the line of duty, these horrific shootings that claimed lives and loved ones show the ever-present danger law enforcement can encounter in the line of duty.

  5. Jena Griswold:

    This is a situation of an insider threat, the Mesa County Clerk knowingly allowed a breach of security, and by all evidence, assisted Mesa County.

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