Definition of county in English:


Syllabification: coun·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈkoun(t)ē

noun (plural counties)

1US (In the US) a political and administrative division of a state, providing certain local governmental services.
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  • His spending blazed a new path through the county's usual political circuit.
  • Meanwhile, the man and his family have retaliated against the county and its political system.
  • The county has a political structure that has pushed for integrated housing and public facilities.
1.1A territorial division of some countries, forming the chief unit of local administration.
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  • England is also a culture of many smaller regionalisms, still centered on the old governmental unit of the county and the local villages and towns.
  • But he claimed highways chiefs from the county's local councils had been insistent that the 11 additional sites were needed now.
  • Residents will have the chance to express their views and concerns about local policing to the county's chief constable in a live webchat next week.
region, province, administrative unit, territory, district, area


Middle English: from Old French conte, from Latin comitatus, from comes, comit- (see count2). The word seems earliest to have denoted a meeting held periodically to transact the business of a shire.



adjective& adverb
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  • Sales countywide declined 24 percent, compared to the first quarter of last year, and the median price declined 2 percent.
  • There are 40 to 50 children on the waiting list countywide, she said.
  • By comparison, homes countywide have appreciated just 31 percent in the past four years.

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