[koun-tis] /ˈkaʊn tɪs/

the wife or widow of a count in the nobility of Continental Europe or of an earl in the British peerage.
a woman having the rank of a count or earl in her own right.
the wife or widow of a count or earl
a woman of the rank of count or earl

mid-12c., adopted in Anglo-French for “the wife of an earl,” from Medieval Latin cometissa, fem. of Latin comes “count” (see count (n.)).

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