Definition of county adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnti//
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(British English, usually disapproving) typical of English upper-class people Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French conte, from Latin comitatus, from comes, comit- ‘companion, overseer, attendant’ (in late Latin ‘person holding a state office’), from com- ‘together with’ + it- ‘gone’ (from the verb ire ‘go’). The word seems first to have denoted a periodical meeting held to transact business in the area (the shire).