Definition of county
What does the word county mean?
part of speech: noun
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]