See also: Countess

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From Anglo-Norman cuntesse, Old French contesse, from Latin comitessa; equivalent to count +‎ -ess. Doublet of contessa.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkaʊntɪs/
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countess (plural countesses)

  1. The wife of a count or earl.
  2. A woman holding the rank of count or earl in her own right; a female holder of an earldom.
    Elizabeth Millicent Leveson-Gower is 24th Countess of Sutherland; her son will be the 25th Earl.

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  • (the wife of an earl, a female holder of an earldom): earless (nonstandard)

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