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conte

[kawn-te] /ˈkɔn tɛ/
noun, plural conti
[kawn-tee] /ˈkɔn ti/ (Show IPA).
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British Dictionary definitions for conti

conte

/kɔ̃t/
noun
1.
a tale or short story, esp of adventure

Conté

/ˈkɒnteɪ; French kɔ̃te/
noun
1.
trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown Also called conté-crayon
Word Origin
C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist
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Encyclopedia Article for conti

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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