One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The wife or widow of a viscount.
- ‘The viscountess returned to her chambers where her own Abigail attended her.’
- ‘There will also be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music for a Summer Evening in the picturesque gardens of Burnt Norton House at the kind invitation of the viscount and viscountess Sandon.’
- ‘The wives of a king, prince, duke, marquess, earl, viscount and baron are queen, princess, duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness respectively.’
- ‘The viscountess and the countess had very different, simultaneous reactions to this statement of Lady Gwyneth's.’
- ‘Thirty gowns each, your highness, ten capes and five habits for both Princess Gayle and the viscountess as well.’
- ‘Have someone make a call to the viscountess of Liesende, tell her to fetch the Princess Gayle in time for dinner.’
- ‘And you'll be a viscountess, with maids to answer to your every whim.’
- 1.1 A woman holding the rank of viscount in her own right.
noblewoman, gentlewoman, duchess, countess, peeress, baroness, dame, grand dameView synonyms
- ‘‘Lady Mackenzie is a viscountess,’ the Marquis supplied dryly.’
- ‘Both Lady Garwood and Lady Gwyneth immediately leaned forward in anticipation as the viscountess cleared her throat self-importantly.’
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