(Coun"try-dance`) n. [Prob. an adaptation of contradance.] See Contradance.
He had introduced the English country-dance to the knowledge of the Dutch ladies.
(Coun"try*man) n.; pl. Countrymen (- men).
1. An inhabitant or native of a region. Shak.
2. One born in the same country with another; a compatriot; used with a possessive pronoun.
In perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen.
2 Cor. xi. 26.
3. One who dwells in the country, as distinguished from a townsman or an inhabitant of a city; a rustic; a
husbandman or farmer.
A simple countryman that brought her figs.
(Coun"try seat`) A dwelling in the country, used as a place of retirement from the city.
(Coun"try*side`) n. A particular rural district; a country neighborhood. [Eng.] W. Black.
(Coun"try*wom`an) n.; pl. Countrywomen A woman born, or dwelling, in the country,
as opposed to the city; a woman born or dwelling in the same country with another native or inhabitant.
(Count"-wheel`) n. The wheel in a clock which regulates the number of strokes.
(Coun"ty) n.; pl. Counties [F. comt, fr. LL. comitatus. See Count.]
1. An earldom; the domain of a count or earl. [Obs.]
2. A circuit or particular portion of a state or kingdom, separated from the rest of the territory, for certain
purposes in the administration of justice and public affairs; called also a shire. See Shire.
Every county, every town, every family, was in agitation.
3. A count; an earl or lord. [Obs.] Shak.
County commissioners. See Commissioner. County corporate, a city or town having the privilege
to be a county by itself, and to be governed by its own sheriffs and other magistrates, irrespective of
the officers of the county in which it is situated; as London, York, Bristol, etc. [Eng.] Mozley & W.
County court, a court whose jurisdiction is limited to county. County palatine, a county distinguished
by particular privileges; so called a palatio because the owner had originally royal powers, or the
same powers, in the administration of justice, as the king had in his palace; but these powers are now
abridged. The counties palatine, in England, are Lancaster, Chester, and Durham. County rates,
rates levied upon the county, and collected by the boards of guardians, for the purpose of defraying the
expenses to which counties are liable, such as repairing bridges, jails, etc. [Eng.] County seat, a
county town. [U.S.] County sessions, the general quarter sessions of the peace for each county,
held four times a year. [Eng.] County town, the town of a county, where the county business is
transacted; a shire town.
(||Coup) n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. .] A sudden stroke; an unexpected device or stratagem;
a term used in various ways to convey the idea of promptness and force.