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
Middle English, from Old French visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomes, vicecomit- : Late Latin vice-, vice- + Late Latin comes, occupant of any state office; see count2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman viscounte, from Medieval Latin vicecomes. Equivalent to vice- + count. (Wiktionary)