What does county mean?

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Noun
  1. (historical) The land ruled by a count or a countess.
  2. An administrative region of various countries, including Bhutan, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Republic of Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania and Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  3. A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions.
Adjective
  1. Characteristic of a ‘county family’; representative of the gentry or aristocracy of a county.
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