[ kawn-tes-sah; English kuh n-tes-uh ]
/ kɔnˈtɛs sɑ; English kənˈtɛs ə /

noun, plural con·tes·se [kawn-tes-se] /kɔnˈtɛs sɛ/, English con·tes·sas. Italian.

Nearby words

  1. contentive,
  2. contently,
  3. contentment,
  4. contents,
  5. conterminous,
  6. contest,
  7. contestant,
  8. contestation,
  9. contested,
  10. contex Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contesse

  • Haward lifted his head, and as Contesse passed him to set down the cup, caught him by the sleeve.

    Audrey|Mary Johnston
  • Best consult Dr. Contesse, though indeed he himself had a preventive of fever which never failed.

    Audrey|Mary Johnston

Word Origin and History for contesse



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper