County definition

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A small administrative district of a country.
  • 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.
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A territorial division exercising administrative, judicial, and political functions in Great Britain and Ireland.
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The people living in a county.
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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.

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The territory under the jurisdiction of a count or earl.
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The people living in a county.
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(obs.) The region governed by a count or earl.
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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.

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Of, in, for, or characteristic of a county.
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The largest administrative division of most states in the United States.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
county
Plural:
counties

Origin of county

  • Middle 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 ei- in Indo-European roots

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