What is the difference between county and duchy?
County is a related term of duchy.
As nouns the difference between county and duchy
is that county
is (historical) the land ruled by a count or a countess while duchy
is a dominion or region ruled by a duke or duchess.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(historical) The land ruled by a count or a countess.
An administrative region of various countries, including Bhutan, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro and Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A definitive geographic region, without direct administrative functions.
- traditional county
* In American usage, counties are almost always designated as such, with the word "County" capitalized and following the name — e.g., "Lewis County", rarely "Lewis", and never "County Lewis."
* In British usage, counties are referenced without designation — e.g. "Kent" and never "Kent County". The exception is Durham, which is often "County Durham" (but never "Durham County"). An organisation such as Kent County Council is the "County Council" of "Kent" and not the "Council" of "Kent County".
* In Irish usage, counties are frequently referenced, but like Durham precede the name — e.g., "County Cork" or "Cork" and never "Cork County."
* another county heard from
* traditional county
Characteristic of a ‘county family’; representative of the gentry or aristocracy of a county.
*1979 , , Smiley's People , Folio Society 2010, p. 274:
*:She was a tall girl and county , with Hilary's walk: she seemed to topple even when she sat.
A dominion or region ruled by a duke or duchess.
* A Grand Duchy may be a self-governing state.
* A simple duchy tends to be a part of a larger kingdom or empire.