The definition of a countess is a female equivalent of an earl, or is a wife or widow of a count or earl.noun
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- the wife or widow of a count or earl
- a noblewoman whose rank is equal to that of a count or earl
Origin: ME countesse < OFr contesse < ML cometissa: see count & -ess
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- A woman holding the title of count or earl.
- a. The wife or widow of a count in various European countries.b. The wife or widow of an earl in Great Britain.
- Used as a title for such a noblewoman.
Origin: Middle English countes, from Old French contesse, feminine of conte, count; see count2.