Countess definition

kountĭs
The definition of a countess is a female equivalent of an earl, or is a wife or widow of a count or earl.

The wife of the Earl of York is an example of a countess.

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Used as a title for such a noblewoman.
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A woman holding the title of count or earl.
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The wife or widow of a count in various European countries.
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The wife or widow of an earl in Great Britain.
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The wife or widow of a count or earl.
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A noblewoman whose rank is equal to that of a count or earl.
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The wife of a count or earl.
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The title used by a female who holds an earldom in her own right.

Elizabeth Millicent Leveson-Gower is 24th Countess of Sutherland; her son will be the 25th Earl.

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Other Word Forms

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Singular:
countess
Plural:
countesses

Origin of countess

  • Middle English countes from Old French contesse feminine of conte count count2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman cuntesse, Old French contesse, from Latin comitessa.

    From Wiktionary