conte

conte

[kawn-te]
noun, plural conti [kawn-tee] . Italian.
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Conté

[kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey]
plural Contés [kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey] .
Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.
Also called Conté crayon.


Origin:
1850–55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it

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conte (kɔ̃t)
 
n
a tale or short story, esp of adventure

Conté (ˈkɒnteɪ, French kɔ̃te)
 
n
trademark Also called: conté-crayon a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown
 
[C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist]

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conte

a short tale, often recounting an adventure. The term may also refer to a narrative that is somewhat shorter than the average novel but longer than a short story. Better known examples include Jean de La Fontaine's Contes et nouvelles en vers (Tales and Novels in Verse), published over the course of many years; Charles Perrault's Contes de ma mere l'oye (1697; Tales of Mother Goose); and Auguste, comte de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's Contes cruels (1883; Cruel Tales). The word is derived from the French conter, "to relate."

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