A county is defined as an administrative division of a state or country.(noun)
An example of a county is Suffolk County on Long Island in New York.
The definition of county refers to an administrative division in a state or country.(adjective)
An example of county used as an adjective is in the phrase "county court," which means a court of that particular geographic area.
See county in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. counties
Origin: ME counte < OFr conté < ML comitatus, jurisdiction of a count or earl < L comes: see count
See county in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. coun·ties
Origin: Middle English counte, territorial division
Origin: , from Old French conte, the territory of a count
Origin: , from Medieval Latin comitātus
Origin: , from Late Latin, the office of count
Origin: , from Latin, retinue
Origin: , from comes, comit-, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
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