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[kawn-tes-sah; English kuh n-tes-uh] /kɔnˈtɛs sɑ; English kənˈtɛs ə/
noun, plural contesse
[kawn-tes-se] /kɔnˈtɛs sɛ/ (Show IPA).
English, contessas. Italian.
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  • Best consult Dr. contesse, though indeed he himself had a preventive of fever which never failed.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Haward lifted his head, and as contesse passed him to set down the cup, caught him by the sleeve.

    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
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