county meaning

[ 'kaunti ] Pronunciation:   "county" in a sentence
  • Noun: county  kawntee
    1. (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
      "the county has a population of 12,345 people" 
    2. (United States) the largest administrative district within a state
      "the county plans to build a new road"

    Derived forms: counties

    Type of: administrative district, administrative division, part, region, territorial division

    Encyclopedia: County, Duchy and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg County County, Principality and Duchy of Arenberg County, Liverpool

  • [Law]
    n. A first-tier local government area in England (outside Greater London) or Wales. The Local Government Act 1972created 45 counties for England and 8 for Wales, dividing the former into 6 metropolitan and 39 nonmetropolitan counties. The metropolitan counties -Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands, and West Yorkshire -were abolished and their functions transferred generally to district councils by the Local Government Act 1985. The Local Government (Wales)Act 1994 reorganized local government areas in Wales; on 1April 1996all the existing counties and districts were replaced by 11counties and 11county boroughs, each administered by a single-tier (unitary) council. In some parts of England unitary authorities have replaced county councils; this has resulted in the reorganization of certain county areas. See also LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION FOR ENGLAND; PRESERVED COUNTY.

  • [Medicine]
    The science dealing with the earth and its life,especially the description of land,sea,and air and the distribution of plant and animal life,including humanity and human industries with reference to the mutual relations of these elements. (From Webster,3d ed)


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  1. the criminal has been sent to the county seat under guard.
  2. in that year county after county fell to the enemy.
  3. in that year county after county fell to the enemy.
  4. ours is a small county.
  5. administratively, the country is divided into counties.

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