English edit

John Hoppner, Portrait of Harriet, Viscountess Duncannon with Her Sons (1787)

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Etymology edit

From Middle English viscountes, viscountesse, probably from Middle French viscontesse;[1] equivalent to viscount +‎ -ess. Doublet of vicomtesse.

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viscountess (plural viscountesses)

  1. The wife of a viscount.
  2. A woman holding the rank of viscount in her own right.
    Before his own elevation to an earldom, Disraeli's wife was created Viscountess Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria.

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References edit

  1. ^ viscǒuntes(se, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.