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A viscount is a member of the British peerage ranking above a baron and below an earl. A viscount is said to hold a "viscounty" or "viscountcy". The female equivalent of a viscount is a viscountess.

The title of a viscount may be either a placename, or a surname, or, as is more often the case, a combinations thereof. In any event, the style of a viscount is "The Viscount X," or "The Viscount X of Y." Examples include: The Viscount Falmouth (placename); The Viscount Hardinge (surname); The Viscount Gage of Castle Island (surname of placename); and The Viscount Combermere of Bhurtpore (placename of placename). An exception exists for Viscounts in the peerage of Scotland, who are styled "The Viscount of X," as in: The Viscount of Arbuthnott (surname).

Normally, The Viscount X is known as Lord X, while his wife is Lady X. (X is only the main title: the Viscount of Arbuthnott would be Lord Arbuthnott; the Viscount Gage of Castle Island would be Lord Gage.) The children of a viscount are known as "The Honourable [Forename] [Surname]".

The word derives from the Latin vice comes which was the rank of a deputy to a count.

The same or a similar rank exists in other monarchies.