- Historical in England,
- a deputy of an earl
- a sheriff
- a nobleman next below an earl or count and above a baron
Origin of viscountMiddle English from Old French viscomte from Medieval Latin vice comes: see vice- and count
- A nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron.
- Used as a title for such a nobleman.
Origin of viscountMiddle English from Old French visconte from Medieval Latin vicecomes vicecomit-Late Latin vice- vice- Late Latin comes occupant of any state office ; see count 2.