- 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.