American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The largest administrative division of most states in the United States.
- n. A territorial division exercising administrative, judicial, and political functions in Great Britain and Ireland.
- n. The territory under the jurisdiction of a count or earl.
- n. The people living in a county.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, the domain or territory of a count or earl.
- n. Now, a definite division of a country or state for political or administrative purposes. In the United States the county is the political unit next below the State (except in Louisiana, which has an analogous division into parishes). Each county has, generally speaking, one or more courts, a sheriff, treasurer, clerk, and various officials engaged in the administration of justice, etc. The number of counties varies greatly in the different States. England has 40 counties (the greater number of which are also called
shires), Wales 12, Scotland 33, and Ireland 32. An English county has a lord lieutenant, a custos rotulorum or keeper of records, a sheriff, and other officials. Certain larger British cities are counties in themselves, or counties corporate. Abbreviated Co. or co.
- n. Collectively, the inhabitants of a county.
- Of or pertaining to a county: as, county families; county society.
- n. A count; an earl or lord.
- n. historical The land ruled by a count or a countess.
- n. An administrative region of various countries, including Bhutan, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- n. A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions, as in traditional county.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An earldom; the domain of a count or earl.
- n. A circuit or particular portion of a state or kingdom, separated from the rest of the territory, for certain purposes in the administration of justice and public affairs; -- called also a
shire. See Shire.
- n. obsolete A count; an earl or lord.
- n. (United States) the largest administrative district within a state
- n. (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“MIKE ANTONOVICH, LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERVISOR: They want to cash in on this hot real estate market and they want to ship out all of the so-called homeless into other parts of the county.”
“MOOSE: I would encourage us to remember a few hours ago how County Executive Doug Duncan talked about the mood of the people at the Taste of Bethesda, people at soccer games, people at Little League football, people moving about the county.”
“In 1898 he started a County Fair to spur the ambition of the Negro farmers of the county.”
“King County now provides animal services for 34 of 39 cities in the county.”
“If approved by a majority vote, the resolution would request County Executive Pete Kremen draft a letter notifying the city of the county's intent to withdraw from the contract by Jan. From there, the city, county, governments of other cities in the county and EMS providers would have three years to set up a new system - one that Crawford said he hopes gives the county government more control of its oversight.”
“PLAN-Boulder County, a long-time liberal voice in Boulder city and county politics.”
“County Administrator Will Johnson suggested they only do what they call the triangle, which excludes a portion of the north part of the county.”
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