from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron.
- n. Used as a title for such a nobleman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the peerage above a baron but below a count or earl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer who formerly supplied the place of the count, or earl; the sheriff of the county.
- n. A nobleman of the fourth rank, next in order below an earl and next above a baron; also, his degree or title of nobility. See Peer, n., 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, an officer who acted as deputy of a count or earl in the management of the affairs of the county; the sheriff of a county.
- n. A degree or title of nobility next in rank below that of earl, and immediately above that of baron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a British peer who ranks below an earl and above a baron
- n. (in various countries) a son or younger brother or a count
Before we pull the rug out from under the Covingtons, Arthur especially, Terence needs to decide if he really wants the designation of viscount.
Thus the word viscount was in Latin vice-comes, in itself a terrible admission.
'The viscount is not supposed to have been unrivalled in the young lady's favour.
But I held firm, and in the end I got a couple of old duchesses and something called a viscount (you don't pronounce the s, which I learned by putting my foot in my mouth) behind the one-way mirror.
The viscount is the one whose jewels you just stole.
The wife of a marquess is a marchioness, the wife of an earl is a countess earl is the British equivalent of count, the wife of a viscount is a viscountess, the wife of a baron is a baroness.
Now the viscount was a right rich man: so had he a rich palace with a garden in face of it; in an upper chamber thereof he had Nicolette placed, with one old woman to keep her company, and in that chamber put bread and meat and wine and such, things as were needful.
The viscount was the lion of the party, and his exclusive attention to the young heiress could not escape observation.
A regular poultry yard, of which the viscount was the peacock.
"It is from no personal ill-feeling towards the viscount, that is all I can say, sir," replied Danglars, who resumed his insolent manner as soon as he perceived that Morcerf was a little softened and calmed down.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.