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Definitions of county

  1. of or relating to or maintained or administered by a county; "county roads"; "county politics"; "the county courthouse" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government; "the county has a population of 12,345 people" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (United States) the largest administrative district within a state; "the county plans to build a new road" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the largest administrative district within a state; "the county plans to build a new road" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. An earldom; the domain of a count or earl. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A count; an earl or lord. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. The science dealing with the earth and its life, especially the description of land, sea, and air and the distribution of plant and animal life, including humanity and human industries with reference to the mutual relations of these elements. (From Webster, 3d ed) Medical Dictionary DB
  9. A deflnite district of a country separated from the rest for political purposes; its inhabitants. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. (orig.) The province ruled by a count: a division of a State in U.S. with a chief city, called the county seat: a shire. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. District of country with local jurisdiction; subdivision of a state. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A civil division, as of a state; also its inhabitants. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Formerly the district ruled by a count or earl; now a district of country separated from the rest for certain administrative purposes; a shire. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Originally an earldom or district under a count; a particular division or district of a state or kingdom; a shire. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Territorial division in Great Britain and Ireland, chief unit for administrative, judicial, and political purposes; administrative division in most British colonies; (United States) political and administrative division next below State; people of a c.; c. PALATINE; c. corporate, city, town, ranking as administrative c.: c. borough, one of over 50,000 inhabitants ranking (since 1888) as administrative c.; c. council, representative governing body of administrative c.; c. court, local court esp. for recovery of small debts, whence c.-court (v.t. colloq.), sue in this; c. family (with ancestral seat in a c.); c. town, chief town in country. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. In England the county was the primary subdivision of the kingdom. In the sparsely settled Southern colonies it was natural that the county institutions of England should be kept in existence rather than those of the smaller areas. Here, therefore, county government prevailed. In 1634 eight shires were erected in Virginia, called counties in 1639; in 1680 there were twenty. In Maryland the term county first appears in 1638. In South Carolina the original subdivision of the colony was the parish, to which afterward was added the district. Except for the years 1786-1790, the county did not come into existence until 1868. These Southern counties had institutions and officers resembling those of English counties-lieutenants, sheriffs, justices and quarter sessions. In Massachusetts counties were first incorporated in 1643; but the life of local government was mainly in the towns. In Rhode Island no counties were erected until 1703. In the Middle colonies the county came into existence with the beginnings of English rule or soon after. Dictionary of United States history
  17. n. [French] [Latin] The lands of a Count or Earl; a shire; —one of the large districts or territorial divisions of the kingdom, having its Lord-lieutenant, Sheriffs, Justices, and Constabulary force, assessing itself for public and parochial burdens, and electing its representatives to Parliament. Cabinet Dictionary
  18. A shire; that is, a circuit or portion of the realm, into which the whole land is divided; a count, a lord. Obsolete in this last sense Complete Dictionary

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