Meaning of “county” in the English Dictionary

"county" in British English

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countynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkaʊn.ti/ us /ˈkaʊn.t̬i/ written abbreviation Co.

B2 a political division of the UK or Ireland, forming the largest unit of local government, or the largest political division of a state in the US:

County Antrim
A county usually consists of several towns and the rural areas that surround them.
Rutland is the smallest county in England.
Texas is divided into 254 counties.

More examples

  • Binns was a dab hand at cricket and played for his county in his youth.
  • Our school won the county football shield this year.
  • The county Board of Education has decided to cancel high school gymnastics and golf programs.
  • Bounded on the east by Lake Winnebago, the county is traversed by the Wolf and Fox rivers.
  • Judge Davis upheld the county court's decision.

countyadjective

uk /ˈkaʊn.ti/ us /ˈkaʊn.t̬i/ UK usually disapproving

(Definition of “county” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"county" in American English

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countynoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑʊnt·i/

the largest political division of most states in the US:

Texas is divided into 254 counties.

(Definition of “county” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)