[ kawn-te ]
/ ˈkɔn tɛ /
noun, plural con·ti [kawn-tee]. /ˈkɔn ti/. Italian.
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Definition for conte (2 of 2)
[ kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey ]
/ koʊnˈteɪ, ˈkɒn ti; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ /
plural Con·tés [kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey]. /koʊnˈteɪz, ˈkɒn tiz; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for conte (1 of 2)
/ French (kɔ̃t) /
a tale or short story, esp of adventure
British Dictionary definitions for conte (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkɒnteɪ, French kɔ̃te) /
trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brownAlso called: conté-crayon
Word Origin for Conté
C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist
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