Definition of countship in US English:

countship

noun

  • See count

    • ‘The Knight of the Wood's squire also believes that knight errants' squires receive governorships of islands and countships too.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the distribution and control of offices, such as countships, abbacies, and bishoprics rather than the royal treasury became the main foci of the political rivalries and conflicts of the ninth and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘This issue came to a head at the end of 1575 when the States of Holland and Zealand offered their joint countship to Elizabeth.’
    • ‘In the 11th century it became an independent countship, and from the 12th century its rulers were vassals of the Holy Roman Emperor and came to style themselves ‘princes’.’

Pronunciation

countship

/-ˌSHip/