Meaning of countess

count•ess

Pronunciation: (koun'tis), [key]
— n.
  1. the wife or widow of a count in the nobility of Continental Europe or of an earl in the British peerage.
  2. a woman having the rank of a count or earl in her own right.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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