Definition of county in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊnti/

noun (plural counties)

1A territorial division of some countries, forming the chief unit of local administration: one of the most attractive towns in the county [as modifier]: administration at county level
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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.
1.1British A sporting team playing for a county: it is the county’s third final in four years
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  • He was the leading scorer for his county despite his team finishing last in the championships.
  • He used to play hockey for a national league team and his county but nowadays he runs to keep fit.
  • The county's governing body is launching a veterans' league, mainly consisting of semi-professionals who are beyond their sell-by date.
1.2(In the US) a political and administrative division of a state.
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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.
1.3 [as modifier] British Relating to or characteristic of aristocratic people with an ancestral home in a particular county: a county grande dame
British  upmarket
informal upper-crust, top-drawer, {huntin', shootin', and fishin'}, tweedy, classy, posh
archaic gentle, of gentle birth


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

Words that rhyme with county

bounty, Mountie
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