WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
coun•ty1 /ˈkaʊnti/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ties. 
  1. Governmentthe largest local division of government in most states of the U.S..
  2. Governmenta unit of local government in Great Britain, Canada, etc.
  3. Governmentthe people of a county:Last year the county voted for the first time.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
coun•ty1  (kountē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. Governmentthe largest administrative division of a U.S. state:Miami, Florida, is in Dade County.
  2. Governmentone of the chief administrative divisions of a country or state, as in Great Britain and Ireland.
  3. Governmentone of the larger divisions for purposes of local administration, as in Canada and New Zealand.
  4. Governmentthe territory of a county, esp. its rural areas:We farmed out in the county before moving to town.
  5. Governmentthe inhabitants of a county:It was supposed to be a secret, but you told the whole county.
  6. 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

coun•ty2  (kountē),USA pronunciation n. [Obs.]
  1. World Historycount2.
  • Anglo-French counte count2; -y by confusion with county1
  • 1540–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

county /ˈkaʊntɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): county cricket
  3. NZ an electoral division in a rural area
  4. obsolete the lands under the jurisdiction of a count or earl
  1. Brit informal 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
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French conté land belonging to a count, from Late Latin comitātus office of a count, from comes count²

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