conte

noun
\ ˈkōⁿ(n)t How to pronounce conte (audio) \

Definition of conte

: a usually short tale of adventure

Examples of conte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The French word conte is tricksy, even contradictory, but what I had always been taught is that contes are more anecdotal than conventional short stories, coming out of the tradition of oral tales and often devoted to a single theme. Lauren Groff, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 Today, though, her powerful fiction is too little read, apart from a handful of eerie tales and contes cruels. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of conte

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conte

French

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“Conte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conte. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Conte biographical name

Con·​te | \ ˈkōn-tā How to pronounce Conte (audio) \

Definition of Conte

Giuseppe 1964–     prime minister of Italy (2018–   )

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