county Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"county" in British English

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countynoun [C]

uk   /ˈkaʊn.ti/  us   /-t̬i/ (written abbreviation Co.)
B2 a ​politicaldivision of the UK or Ireland, ​forming the ​largestunit of ​localgovernment, or the ​largestpoliticaldivision of a ​state in the US: County Antrim A county usually consists of several ​towns and the ​ruralareas that ​surround them. Rutland is the ​smallest county in ​England. Texas is ​divided into 254 counties.
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countyadjective

uk   /ˈkaʊn.ti/  us   /-t̬i/ UK usually disapproving
behaving in a way that is ​typical of ​richpeople with a high ​socialposition who ​live in ​largehouses in the ​countryside: She ​mixes with a very county set.
(Definition of county from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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countynoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑʊnt·i/
the ​largestpoliticaldivision of most ​states in the US: Texas is ​divided into 254 counties.
(Definition of county from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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