- The definition of county refers to an administrative division in a state or country.
An example of county used as an adjective is in the phrase "county court," which means a court of that particular geographic area.
- A county is defined as an administrative division of a state or country.
An example of a county is Suffolk County on Long Island in New York.
- a small administrative district of a country; esp.,
- ☆ the largest local administrative subdivision of most states of the U.S.
- any of the chief administrative districts into which England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland are divided
- an administrative district in certain Canadian provinces
- an electoral district in rural New Zealand
- the people living in a county
- Obsolete the region governed by a count or earl
Origin of countyMiddle English counte ; from Old French conté ; from Medieval Latin comitatus, jurisdiction of a count or earl ; from Classical Latin comes: see count
- The largest administrative division of most states in the United States.
- a. A territorial division exercising administrative, judicial, and political functions in Great Britain and Ireland.b. The territory under the jurisdiction of a count or earl.
- The people living in a county.
Origin of countyMiddle English counte, territorial division, from Old French conte, the territory of a count, from Medieval Latin comitātus, from Late Latin, the office of count, from Latin, retinue, from comes, comit-, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
- (historical) 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.
- traditional county
- In American usage, counties are almost always designated as such, with the word "County" capitalized and following the name — e.g., "Lewis County", rarely "Lewis", and never "County Lewis."
- In British usage, counties are referenced without designation — e.g. "Kent" and never "Kent County". The exception is Durham, which is often "County Durham" (but never "Durham County"). An organisation such as Kent County Council is the "County Council" of "Kent" and not the "Council" of "Kent County".
- In Irish usage, counties are frequently referenced, but like Durham precede the name — e.g., "County Cork" or "Cork" and never "Cork County."