One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to a count or earl.
- ‘In the meantime we have one relevant comital documentation, for a Count Hildilin.’
- ‘Instability within the comital house thus reinforced and redoubled political strife within Bruges.’
- ‘This struggle erupted after 1061, when the the last representative of the comital lineage of Maine, Count Herbert II, died without male heirs.’
- ‘Later, by the time the last baronial resistance to comital power had been overcome - between 1050 and 1070-the Lords of Montcada no longer served as intimate advisers to the count.’
- ‘Gilbert died probably unmarried in 1152, when his younger brother Roger inherited the estates and comital title.’
Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin comitalis, from comes, comit- ‘a count’.
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