The name's origin is ultimately Latin (see below), but can be found in France, the part of Germany nearest France and England. It was a medieval term ...
American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source vis·count (vkount) Pronunciation Key n. A nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron. Abbr. Visct. or Vis. or V. 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.]
n 1: (in various countries) a son or younger brother or a count 2: a British peer who ranks below an earl and above a baron [syn: Viscount]