[ kawn-te ]
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noun,plural con·ti [kawn-tee]. /ˈkɔn ti/. Italian.

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Other definitions for Conté (2 of 2)

[ kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey ]

plural Con·tés [kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey]. /koʊnˈteɪz, ˈkɒn tiz; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/.
  1. Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.

Origin of Conté

1850–55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it
  • Also called Conté crayon . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conte in a sentence

  • We believe it all happened—we know that it must have happened, for our faith in the Sieur de conte never for an instant wavers.

  • The conte, or tale in verse, needs no description, and the nature of the Pastourelle also is self-evident.

    The History of Chivalry | G. P. R. James
  • It was named and described by Le conte in 1853 and has been generally recognized as a distinct species by later botanists.

    The Grapes of New York | U. P. Hedrick
  • This was a gentleman, once a great favorite of M. le conte, and in whom I myself was not a little interested.

    An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • Signor conte, I have heard of levellers, but I have never seen one: all are disposed to level down, but nobody to level up.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor

British Dictionary definitions for conte (1 of 2)


/ French (kɔ̃t) /

  1. a tale or short story, esp of adventure

British Dictionary definitions for Conté (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒnteɪ, French kɔ̃te) /

  1. trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown: Also called: conté-crayon

Origin of Conté

C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist

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