[kawn-tes-sah; English kuh n-tes-uh]

noun, plural con·tes·se [kawn-tes-se] /kɔnˈtɛs sɛ/, English con·tes·sas. Italian. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contessa

Historical Examples of contessa

  • "Julietta is a dear girl," said the Contessa in a warm voice.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • So, indeed, had the young Contessa prophesied, in sprightly conclusion.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • The Contessa di Lucoli passed in her dog-cart, driving a big roan.

    The Child of Pleasure

    Gabriele D'Annunzio

  • Miss Bartlett was unconvinced by the safety of Contessa Baroncelli's daughters.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • Ask the Contessa if I have not achieved a beau succes with her Angora cat.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Word Origin and History for contessa

1819, from Italian contessa, from Medieval Latin cometissa (see countess).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper