countess

Definitions

  • Countess of Oxford and Mortimer's bookplate
    Countess of Oxford and Mortimer's bookplate
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n countess female equivalent of a count or earl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Behram, an Indian thug, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840 with a piece of yellow and white cloth, called a ruhmal. The most murders by a woman are 612, by Countess Erzsebet Bathory of Hungary
    • n Countess The wife of an earl in the British peerage, or of a count in the Continental nobility; also, a lady possessed of the same dignity in her own right. See the Note under Count.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The computer programming language ADA was named in honor of Augusta Ada King. The U.S. Defense Department named the language after the Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron because she helped finance and program what is thought to be the first computer, the “analytical engine” designed by Charles Babbage.
    • n countess The title, in English, of the wife of any nobleman on the continent of Europe bearing a title equivalent to English count: commonly extended also to the daughters of such noblemen as a prefix to their personal names.
    • n countess In the British peerage, the wife or widow of an earl, or a woman possessing an earldom in her own right. The latter case is very rare. A notable instance is that of the Countess of Beaconsfield, invested with the dignity independently of her husband, Benjamin Disraeli, who was made Earl of Beaconsfield after her death.
    • n countess A roofing-slate 20 inches long and 10 inches wide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Fish Bowl was invented by Countess Dubarry, Mistress of King Louis XV (Born 1710 Died 1774)
    • fem Countess the wife of a count or earl (fem. of earl)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. comtesse,. See Count a nobleman
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conte—L. comes, comitis, a companion, con, with, īre, itum, to go.

Usage

In literature:

His man appeared, but, instead of announcing the Countess Hatzfeldt, as Lassalle's face expected, he tendered a letter.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
When you are told our leader is your cousin The Countess Camerata.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
One of these is the case of the Countess X., member of an old and powerful Hungarian family.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
About this time the Countess de Linieres, calling one day at her husband's ministerial offices, learned of his purposes.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
The Countess walked much in the garden, the man had said.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
And she felt sure that she could make as good a countess as the best of them.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Her Grace will set her claws into the fair countess.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
The Countess von Rosen had hitherto been silent, and a thought depressed, but on the approach of Otto she began to brighten.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Countess D'Evreux must be informed of her succession to the County Seat.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Maria threw herself into the arms of the Countess de Noailles, and wept convulsively.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Thus it was with young Countess Billy when she eloped with her Polish cousin.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
At last the countess went to the wardrobe, and brought it out.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The rights of the Countess and the wrongs of the Countess had become his life.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
The countess of Lanswell was considered one of the handsomest women in England.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
The Countess Fortiguerra, not knowing exactly what to do, also smiled, but rather foolishly.
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford
Why the good Countess Hommonai!
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
About this time I painted the portrait of a Polish lady, the Countess Potocka.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
The countess was astonished as she saw this.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
Countess Theudelinde had long since given up the world.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Don't call me countess, Herr von Wolters.
"Roses: Four One-Act Plays" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

By the help of this gallant the Countess of Rafe
Against the fierce Harris preserved herself safe;
She stifled him almost beneath her pillow,
So closely she embraced Signior Dildo.
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
COUNTESS.
And he never knows of a wrong done among his people that he does not instantly
redress--though it often puzzles them to learn how he arrives at his knowledge of
the facts. Many think him a wizard.
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris
Then the mirth increased, and louder the applause,
And the Countess Joan asked, after a pause,
Tell me who has gained the love of the Knight o' the Cudgel;
Then Jack replied, My lady, you know her right well.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
Side by side, their faces blurred,
The earl and countess lie in stone,
Their proper habits vaguely shown
As jointed armour, stiffened pleat,
And that faint hint of the absurd -
The little dogs under their feet.
"An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin
She is the lovely daughter of noble John of Aire,
Then, replied the Countess, she is a lovely creature, I must declare;
And I hope the choice that you have made won't make you grieve,
Then Jack kissed the Countess's hand, and took his leave.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then King Edward took the Countess by the hand, and said,
Come, Edward, take your bride by the hand, and don't be afraid;
And do not think, my beloved son, that with you I feel wroth,
Therefore, take the Countess by the hand, and plight your troth.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Salahis are encroaching on the Countess's sense of class.
The one who, on the show, insisted the help refer to her as 'Countess' and whose drunken crotch-grabbing made the tabloids this summer.
She was a countess, after all.
The Real Housewives of New York, The Countess was the key note speaker today at NYU School of Nursing Graduation today.
Prince Guillaume married Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.
Michigan loses CB Blake Countess with torn ACL.
Michigan has lost starting cornerback Blake Countess because of a season-ending knee injury.
Countess LuAnn on "Real Housewives of New York City".
( Jemal Countess / Getty Images ).
Highclere Castle, continued The Countess bids us farewell, and the Earl escorts us out the front entrance into the afternoon sunshine.
Foxy Brown remained silent and emotionless during her arraignment at Brooklyn… (Countess/WireImage ).
The Google Doodle for December 11, 2012, celebrating Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace .
Luxembourg 's Prince Guillaume and Countess Stephanie kiss on the balcony of the Royal Palace after their wedding in Luxembourg , Saturday, Oct 20, 2012.
Prince Guillame of Luxembourg is marrying Countess Stephanie de Lannoy in the region's first royal wedding in decades.
Luxembourg 's Prince Guillaume marries Countess Stephanie de Lannoy in civil ceremony.
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In science:

I would like to thank David Lyth for his helpful suggestions, and also Joanna Dunkley for kindly supplying me with the updated fits for the tensor fraction. I also thank Lancaster University for the award of the studentship from the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust.
The Tensor Desert
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