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coun·ty

 (koun′tē)
n. pl. coun·ties
1. The largest administrative division of most states in the United States.
2.
a. A territorial division exercising administrative, judicial, and political functions in Great Britain and Ireland.
b. The territory under the jurisdiction of a count or earl.
3. The people living in a county.

[Middle English counte, territorial division, from Old French conte, the territory of a count, from Medieval Latin comitātus, from Late Latin, the office of count, from Latin, retinue, from comes, comit-, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

coun′ty adj.

county

(ˈkaʊntɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. any of the administrative or geographic subdivisions of certain states, esp any of the major units into which England and Wales are or have been divided for purposes of local government
b. (as modifier): county cricket.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) NZ an electoral division in a rural area
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) obsolete the lands under the jurisdiction of a count or earl
adj
informal Brit having the characteristics and habits of the inhabitants of country houses and estates, esp an upper-class accent and an interest in horses, dogs, etc
[C14: from Old French conté land belonging to a count, from Late Latin comitātus office of a count, from comes count2]

coun•ty

(ˈkaʊn ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the largest local administrative division in most states of the U.S.
2. a territorial division and unit of local government in Great Britain, Canada, etc.
3. the territory of a county, esp. its rural areas.
4. the inhabitants of a county.
5. the domain of a count or earl.
[1250–1300; Middle English counte < Anglo-French counté, Old French cunté, conte < Late Latin comitātus imperial seat, office of a comes (see count2)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.county - (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local governmentcounty - (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government; "the county has a population of 12,345 people"
county courthouse, county seat - the town or city that is the seat of government for a county
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Isle of Wight, Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
2.county - (United States) the largest administrative district within a state; "the county plans to build a new road"
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776

county

noun
1. province, district, shire He is living now in his mother's home county of Oxfordshire.
adjective
1. (Informal) upper-class, upper-crust (informal), tweedy, plummy (informal), green-wellie, huntin', shootin', and fishin' (informal) They were all upper-crust ladies, pillars of the county set.

Counties

English counties  Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
Former English counties  Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, East Suffolk, East Sussex, East Yorkshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, Westmorland, West Suffolk, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
Scottish counties  Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, Western Isles (Eilean Siar), West Lothian
Former Scottish counties  Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll, Ayrshire, Banff or Banffshire, Berwickshire, Bute, Caithness, Clackmannanshire, Dumfriesshire, Dunbartonshire, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Inverness-shire, Kincardine or Kincardineshire, Kinross or Kinross-shire, Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Moray, Nairn or Nairnshire, Orkney, Peeblesshire, Perthshire, Renfrewshire, Ross and Cromarty, Roxburgh or Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, Shetland, Stirlingshire, Sutherland, West Lothian, Wigtownshire
Welsh counties  Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan, West Glamorgan
Former Welsh counties  Anglesey, Brecknock, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merioneth, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire, Radnor
Northern Irish counties  Antrim, Armagh, Belfast City, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Londonderry City, Tyrone
Republic of Ireland counties  Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
Translations
إقْلـيم
hrabstvíokres
amt
kreivikunta
grófságmegye
héraî
grafystėapygarda
apgabalsgrāfiste
grófstvo
grofijaokrožje
ilvilâyet

county

[ˈkaʊntɪ]
A. N (Brit) → condado m (US) (= subdivision of state) → comarca f, provincia f
B. CPD county boundary Nlímite m comarcal or provincial
county clerk's office N (US) → registro m civil
county council, county commission (US) Ndiputación f provincial
county court N (Brit) → juzgado m de primera instancia
county cricket N (Brit) partidos de cricket entre los condados
county family N (Brit) → familia f aristocrática rural
county recorder's office N (US) → registro m de la propiedad
county road N (US) → carretera f secundaria
county seat N (US) = county town county town N (Brit) → capital f de condado

county

[ˈkaʊnti] ncomté mcounty council n (British)conseil régionalcounty court ntribunal m d'instancecounty prison n (US)prison f centralecounty seat n (US)chef-lieu mcounty town n (British)chef-lieu m

county

n (Brit) → Grafschaft f; (US) → (Verwaltungs)bezirk m
adj (Brit) familyzum Landadel gehörend; accent, behaviourvornehm; occasionfür den Landadel; the county setdie feinen Pinkel (inf)

county

:
county borough
n (Brit) Stadt mit grafschaftlichen Rechten
county council
n (Brit) → Grafschaftsrat m
county court
n (Brit) → Grafschaftsgericht nt
county seat
n (US) Hauptstadt eines Verwaltungsbezirkes
county town
n (Brit) Hauptstadt einer Grafschaft

county

[ˈkaʊntɪ]
1. ncontea
2. adj (boundary, court) → di contea

county

(ˈkaunti) plural ˈcounties noun
a large administrative unit of local government in England and Wales and in the United States.

county

n (pl -ties) (US) condado
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Elizabeth Willard had a dread of being seen by guests in the hotel that had once belonged to her father and the ownership of which still stood re- corded in her name in the county courthouse.
The Shimerdas were the first Bohemian family to come to this part of the county.
It thus occurred that one day the two girls, on their way to the main street for an hour's shopping at the Villa de Paris and Variety Store, were stopped by Dick Mattingly a few yards from their house, with the remark that, as the county election was then in progress, it would be advisable for them to defer their intention for a few hours.
Under this arched doorway, scraping their feet on the unworn threshold, now trod the clergymen, the elders, the magistrates, the deacons, and whatever of aristocracy there was in town or county.
But Pip loved life, and all life's peaceable securities; so that the panic-striking business in which he had somehow unaccountably become entrapped, had most sadly blurred his brightness; though, as ere long will be seen, what was thus temporarily subdued in him, in the end was destined to be luridly illumined by strange wild fires, that fictitiously showed him off to ten times the natural lustre with which in his native Tolland County in Connecticut, he had once enlivened many a fiddler's frolic on the green; and at melodious even-tide, with his gay ha-ha
They took him to a room where other prisoners were waiting and here he stayed until court adjourned, when he had another long and bitterly cold ride in a patrol wagon to the county jail, which is on the north side of the city, and nine or ten miles from the stockyards.
I know this well, that if one thousand, if one hundred, if ten men whom I could name--if ten honest men only--ay, if one HONEST man, in this State of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this co-partnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America.
My folks was living in Pike County, in Missouri, where I was born, and they all died off but me and pa and my brother Ike.
The chief citizen was York Leicester Driscoll, about forty years old, judge of the county court.
The middle-aged man turned out to be a prodigious personage -- no less a one than the county judge -- altogether the most august creation these children had ever looked upon -- and they wondered what kind of material he was made of -- and they half wanted to hear him roar, and were half afraid he might, too.
They had not been born in Riverboro nor even in York County.
We learn, upon the au- thority of a letter from Charles county, Maryland, received by a gentleman of this city, that a young man, named Matthews, a nephew of General Mat- thews, and whose father, it is believed, holds an of- fice at Washington, killed one of the slaves upon his father's farm by shooting him.