from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Italian nobleman ranking above a count and below a prince.
- n. Used as the title for such a nobleman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Italian nobleman ranking between a duke and a count; a marquis.
Italian, from Medieval Latin (comēs) marcēnsis, (count) of the border, from marca, border region, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)