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[kawn-te] /ˈkɔn tɛ/
noun, plural conti
[kawn-tee] /ˈkɔn ti/ (Show IPA).
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[kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪ, ˈkɒn ti; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/
plural Contés
[kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪz, ˈkɒn tiz; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/ (Show IPA)
Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.
Also called Conté crayon.
Origin of Conté
1850-55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The elder conte Romani and myself played about these grounds together.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • conte Nino was striding to and fro; he muttered threats of death.

  • Donna Ippolita and the conte d'Ugenta having penetrated as far as the umpire's stand were now retracing their steps.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • It was owned and captained by a conte, who also collected the fares.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • In the conte du Graal of pseudo-Chrétien, a cup comes in of itself and serves all present with food.

  • The piece, which is called a conte d'Amour, is in five short acts.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • Another print of it, of the same size, has been engraven from the drawing by conte de Caylus.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
British Dictionary definitions for conte


a tale or short story, esp of adventure


/ˈkɒnteɪ; French kɔ̃te/
trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown Also called conté-crayon
Word Origin
C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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