The definition of a countess is a female equivalent of an earl, or is a wife or widow of a count or earl.(noun)
The wife of the Earl of York is an example of a countess.
See countess in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME countesse < OFr contesse < ML cometissa: see count & -ess
See countess in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English countes
Origin: , from Old French contesse
Origin: , feminine of conte, count; see count2.
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