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English

Etymology

count +‎ -ess, Old French contesse, from Latin comitessa.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
countess

Plural
countesses

countess (plural countesses)

  1. The wife of a count or earl, or the title used by a women who holds the title in her own right.
  2. The title used by a female who holds an earldom in her own right.
    Elizabeth Millicent Leveson-Gower is 24th Countess of Sutherland; her son will be the 25th Earl.

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