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n. pl. contes (kôNt)
1. A short story or novella.
2. A medieval narrative tale.
[French, from Old French conter, to relate, recount; see count1.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a tale or short story, esp of adventure
Conté(ˈkɒnteɪ; French kɔ̃te)
(Art Terms) trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown. Also called: conté-crayon
[C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist]
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[< French, Old French: orig., reckoning, count]
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