A viscount ( /ˈvaɪkaʊnt/ "vie-count", for male) or viscountess (for female) is a member of the European nobility whose comital title ranks usually, as in the British peerage, above a baron, below an earl (in the United Kingdom) or a count (the earl's continental equivalent).

Read more about Viscount:  Etymology, Viscounts in The United Kingdom and The Commonwealth, Continental Forms of The Title, Correct Form of Address, Equivalent Western Titles, Non-western Counterparts

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