Etymology
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countess (n.)

mid-12c., adopted in Anglo-French for "the wife of an earl," from Medieval Latin cometissa, fem. of Latin comes "count" (see count (n.1)). Also used to translate continental titles equivalent to the fem. of earl.

updated on April 17, 2018

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Definitions of countess from WordNet

countess (n.)
female equivalent of a count or earl;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.