What is count?

  • (verb): Determine the number or amount of.
    Example: "Can you count the books on your shelf?"; "Count your change"
    Synonyms: number, enumerate, numerate
    See also — Additional definitions below


Count (male) or Countess (female) is a title in European countries for a noble of varying status, but historically deemed to convey an approximate rank intermediate between the highest and lowest titles of nobility. The word count came into English from the French comte, itself from Latin comes—in its accusative comitem—meaning "companion", and later "companion of the emperor, delegate of the emperor". The adjective form of the word is "comital". The British and Irish equivalent is an earl (whose wife is a "countess", for lack of an English term). Alternative names for the "Count" rank in the nobility structure are used in other countries, such as Graf in Germany and Hakushaku during the Japanese Imperial era.

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Raymond - People - Historical
... Aristocracy Raymond I, Count of Toulouse (died 865) Raymond II, Count of Toulouse (died 924) Raymond III, Count of Toulouse (died 978) Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse (c. 1041 or 1042–1105) Raymond V, Count of Toulouse (1134–1198) Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (1156–1222) Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse (1197–1249) Raymond. 1115–1152), Count of Tripoli from 1137 to 1152 Raymond III of Tripoli (c ...
Vímara Peres - Count
... In 868 Count Vímara Peres was named Count of Portugal, after the reconquest of the region north of the Douro river ...
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... Geir, who becomes count Gero, marries Sigberta, the heiress of the bishop's family's German county of Berga, but is restless and decides to embark to the first ... Meanwhile, in Italy, Juvalos Gerakis, the Finnish- or Greek-born Count of Sinetra in Calabria and his current wife, countess Aurelia, another Finno-Byza ... Then the count sends his son and heir to the crusade ...

More definitions of "count":

  • (verb): Have weight; have import, carry weight.
    Synonyms: matter, weigh
  • (verb): Take account of.
    Example: "Count on the monsoon"
    Synonyms: reckon
  • (verb): Name or recite the numbers.
    Example: "The toddler could count to 100"
  • (noun): The total number counted.
    Example: "A blood count"
  • (noun): A nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl.
  • (verb): Put into a group.
    Synonyms: number
  • (verb): Include as if by counting.
    Example: "I can count my colleagues in the opposition"
  • (verb): Show consideration for; take into account.
    Synonyms: consider, weigh

Famous quotes containing the word count:

    But for us the road
    unfurls itself, we count the
    words in our pockets, we wonder
    how it will be without them, we don’t
    stop walking, we know
    there is far to go....
    Denise Levertov (b. 1923)

    Every country has its own constitution; ours is absolutism moderated by assassination.
    —Anonymous Russian. Quoted in Count Münster, Political Sketches of the State of Europe 1814-1867 (1868)

    I count three days
    since her beautiful lips
    touched the fine wheat
    her frail body
    disdains nourishment:
    she suffers....
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