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1. A woman holding the title of count or earl.
a. The wife or widow of a count in various European countries.
b. The wife or widow of an earl in Great Britain.
3. Used as a title for such a noblewoman.

[Middle English countes, from Old French contesse, feminine of conte, count; see count2.]


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the wife or widow of a count or earl
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a woman of the rank of count or earl


(ˈkaʊn tɪs)

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; Middle English c(o)untesse < Anglo-French. See count2, -ess]
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countess - female equivalent of a count or earlcountess - female equivalent of a count or earl
noblewoman, peeress, Lady - a woman of the peerage in Britain
كونتيسا: زوْجَة أو أرمَـلَـة الكونْتكونتيسّـا: لَقَب نباله للسيِّده
greifafrú, greifynjajarlsfrú, greifynja


[ˈkaʊntɪs] Ncondesa f


Countess [ˈkaʊntɪs] ncomtesse f


nGräfin f


[ˈkaʊntɪs] ncontessa


(kaunt) noun
nobleman in certain countries, equal in rank to a British earl.
ˈcountess noun
1. the wife or widow of an earl or count.
2. a woman of the same rank as an earl or count in her own right.
References in classic literature ?
Her figure, to be sure,--so small as to be almost childlike, and so elastic that motion seemed as easy or easier to it than rest,would hardly have suited one's idea of a countess.
We horses do not mind hard work if we are treated reasonably, and I am sure there are many driven by quite poor men who have a happier life than I had when I used to go in the Countess of W 's carriage, with my silver-mounted harness and high feeding.
He looked disappointed, and said he didn't remember the countess.
He said the Countess was very pretty, and very young--hardly out of her girlhood, in fact.
Also how she had seen a countess and a lord some days before, and how the lord was much about as tall as Peter;' at which Peter pulled up his collars so high that you couldn't have seen his head if you had been there.
Lola Montes, a dancer, became the morganatic wife of King Louis of Bavaria and was created Countess of Landsfeld.
Let me tell you, senor, she is not worth two maravedis for a queen; countess will fit her better, and that only with God's help.
Then the King proceeded amid great pomp and rejoicing to the palace at London, and Robin, the new Earl of Huntingdon, brought his Countess thither, where she became one of the finest ladies of the Court.
You would have done the countess less harm had you fired at her.
My friend's countess had lighted a cigar for him; mine made chocolate for me, and wrote to me every day when we did not meet; his lady had come to spend three days with him at the risk of ruin to her reputation; mine had done even better, or worse, if you will have it so.
In case of emergency, if, for instance, there were any sort of public scandal (and the public there is of the most recherche: the Countess walks there; Prince D.
He tore the dress of the countess to pieces; he tied her hands behind her, and hanged her on a tree.