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[kawn-tes-sah; English kuh n-tes-uh] /kɔnˈtɛs sɑ; English kənˈtɛs ə/
noun, plural contesse
[kawn-tes-se] /kɔnˈtɛs sɛ/ (Show IPA).
English, contessas. Italian.
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1819, from Italian contessa, from Medieval Latin cometissa (see countess).

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