1. A nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron.
2. Used as a title for such a nobleman.
[Middle English, from Old French visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomes, vicecomit- : Late Latin vice-, vice- + Late Latin comes, occupant of any state office; see COUNT2.]
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