Governmentthe largest administrative division of a U.S. state:Miami, Florida, is in Dade County.
Governmentone of the chief administrative divisions of a country or state, as in Great Britain and Ireland.
Governmentone of the larger divisions for purposes of local administration, as in Canada and New Zealand.
Governmentthe territory of a county, esp. its rural areas:We farmed out in the county before moving to town.
Governmentthe inhabitants of a county:It was supposed to be a secret, but you told the whole county.
World Historythe domain of a count or earl.
Late Latin comitātus imperial seat, office of a comes (see count2), equivalent. to Latin comit-, stem of comes + -ātus -ate3 (or by reanalysis of Latin comitātus escort, retinue, origin, originally verb, verbal noun of comitārī to accompany, derivative of comes
Anglo-French counté, Old French cunté, conte
Middle English counte 1250–1300
Anglo-French countecount2; -y by confusion with county1