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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various noblemen originally exercising certain royal powers within their own domains, especially a count of the Holy Roman Empire having sovereign powers in his own territories.
  • n. A feudal lord having sovereign powers over his lands.
  • n. The titled proprietor of a county palatine in England or Ireland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a high judicial officer of the German emperors; afterward, the holder of a fief, to whom was granted the right to exercise certain imperial powers within his own domains.
  • adj. See under Count, and County.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a count who exercised royal authority in his own domain

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