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Pronunciation : Vis"count`
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [OE. vicounte, OF. visconte, vescunte, F. vicomte, LL. vicecomes; L. vice (see Vice, a.) + comes a companion, LL., a count. See Count.]
Definition : 1. (O. Eng. Law)

Defn: An officer who formerly supplied the place of the count, or earl; the sheriff of the county.

2. A nobleman of the fourth rank, next in order below an earl and next above a baron; also, his degree or title of nobility. See Peer, n., 3. [Eng.] Chaucer.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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