county · noun C /ˈkɑʊn.t̬i/Full view
B2 the largest political division of a state or country
Dictionary examples:

County Antrim

Westchester County

A county usually consists of several cities and towns and the rural areas surrounding them.

Rutland used to be the smallest county in England, but in 1974 it became part of Leicestershire.

Texas is divided into 254 counties.

Learner example:

Since my family originates from the county of Dalarna, where "Dal" paintings are both very popular and common, I have started to paint a little on my own. (First Certificate in English; B2; Swedish)

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