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Noun

Singular
county

Plural
counties

county (counties)
  1. (historical) The land ruled by a count or a countess.
  2. An administrative region of various countries, including Canada, China, Croatia, France, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  3. A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions, as in traditional county.

Usage notes

In the United Kingdom they are referred to as e.g. Kent and never Kent County; an organisation such as Kent County Council is the County Council of Kent, not the Council of Kent County.

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