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 for County town
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  County \Coun"ty\ (koun"t[y^]), n.; pl. Counties (-t[i^]z). [F.
     comt['e], fr. LL. comitatus. See Count.]
     1. An earldom; the domain of a count or earl. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A circuit or particular portion of a state or kingdom,
        separated from the rest of the territory, for certain
        purposes in the administration of justice and public
        affairs; -- called also a shire. See Shire.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Every county, every town, every family, was in
              agitation.                            --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A count; an earl or lord. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     County commissioners. See Commissioner.
  
     County corporate, a city or town having the privilege to be
        a county by itself, and to be governed by its own sheriffs
        and other magistrates, irrespective of the officers of the
        county in which it is situated; as London, York, Bristol,
        etc. [Eng.] --Mozley & W.
  
     County court, a court whose jurisdiction is limited to
        county.
  
     County palatine, a county distinguished by particular
        privileges; -- so called a palatio (from the palace),
        because the owner had originally royal powers, or the same
        powers, in the administration of justice, as the king had
        in his palace; but these powers are now abridged. The
        counties palatine, in England, are Lancaster, Chester, and
        Durham.
  
     County rates, rates levied upon the county, and collected
        by the boards of guardians, for the purpose of defraying
        the expenses to which counties are liable, such as
        repairing bridges, jails, etc. [Eng.]
  
     County seat, a county town. [U.S.]
  
     County sessions, the general quarter sessions of the peace
        for each county, held four times a year. [Eng.]
  
     County town, the town of a county, where the county
        business is transacted; a shire town.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  county town
      n 1: the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire
           [syn: county town, shire town]

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