Countess Count"ess (kount"?s), n.; pl. {Countesses} (-?s). [F. comtesse. See {Count} a nobleman.] The wife of an earl in the British peerage, or of a count in the Continental nobility; also, a lady possessed of the same dignity in her own right. See the Note under {Count}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Countess — Allg …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • countess — mid 12c., adopted in Anglo Fr. for the wife of an earl, from M.L. cometissa, fem. of L. comes count (see COUNT (Cf. count) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • countess — ► NOUN 1) the wife or widow of a count or earl. 2) a woman holding the rank of count or earl …   English terms dictionary

  • countess — [kount′is] n. [ME countesse < OFr contesse < ML cometissa: see COUNT2 & ESS] 1. the wife or widow of a count or earl 2. a noblewoman whose rank is equal to that of a count or earl …   English World dictionary

  • Countess — Coun|tess 〈[ kaʊntıs] f.; , es [ tısız]; engl. Bez. für〉 Gräfin (Frau eines Earls od. Counts) * * * Coun|tess [ ka̮untɪs ], die; , es […tɪsɪz], auch en [… tɛsn̩] [engl. countess < frz. comtesse, ↑ Komtess]: 1. <o. Pl.> englischer Titel… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • countess — /kown tis/, n. 1. the wife or widow of a count in the nobility of Continental Europe or of an earl in the British peerage. 2. a woman having the rank of a count or earl in her own right. [1125 75; ME c(o)untesse < AF. See COUNT2, ESS] Usage. See… …   Universalium

  • countess — UK [ˈkaʊntɪs] / US [ˈkaʊntəs] noun [countable] Word forms countess : singular countess plural countesses a woman who is a member of the nobility. A countess is either a woman with the same rank as an earl or a count, or the wife of an earl or… …   English dictionary

  • countess —    A title used by the wife or widow of a count, the wife or widow of an earl or a woman who, in her own right, has a position equal to that of a count or earl. Charlotte Brontë, in Villette, has: ‘I am a countess now. Papa, mamma and the girls… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • countess — [[t]ka͟ʊntɪs[/t]] countesses N COUNT; N TITLE; N VOC A countess is a woman who has the same rank as a count or earl, or who is married to a count or earl. ...the Countess of Lichfield …   English dictionary

  • countess — noun a) The wife of a count or earl, or the title used by a women who holds the title in her own right. Elizabeth Millicent Leveson Gower is 24th Countess of Sutherland; her son will be the 25th Earl. b) The title used by a female who holds an… …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”