- 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
- Obs. 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.