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A foreign nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of an earl; the term is recorded from late Middle English, and comes via Old French from Latin comes, comit- ‘companion, overseer, attendant’, in late Latin, ‘person holding a state office’.

The Count of Britain and the Count of the Saxon Shore were the two generals of the Roman province of Britannia in the 4th century.

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