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 (kən-tĕs′ə, kōn-tĕs′sä)
An Italian countess.

[Italian, feminine of conte, count, from Late Latin comes, comit-; see count2.]
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an Italian countess
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(kɔnˈtɛs sɑ; Eng. kənˈtɛs ə)

n., pl. -tes•se (-ˈtɛs ɛ)
Eng. -tes•sas. Italian.
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A dear friend of mine, Contessa Baroncelli, has two daughters, and when she cannot send a maid to school with them, she lets them go in sailor-hats instead.
Miss Bartlett was unconvinced by the safety of Contessa Baroncelli's daughters.
very nice ones--the Cavaliere Bombicci and the Contessa Altemura, with whom they had had a great friendship.
Ascension Saint Thomas and Nashville-based Contessa have announced a partnership to offer patients Home Recovery Care, an emerging healthcare option that brings all the essential elements of inpatient care to the comfort and convenience of patients' homes, the companies said.
CONTESSA's secondary efficacy endpoints are overall survival, objective response rate as assessed by the IRC and disease control rate as assessed by the IRC.
Craig Baker - director of Contessa - said the claims, made on social media and in person, had placed 'a big black mark' over his firm's takeover of the cultural landmark.
For his part, Contessa briefed Mashnouk on joint cooperation mechanisms with the Directorate General of Internal Security forces, particularly in the area of updating the human rights training curriculum.
Mr Morgan said: "I've spoken to a few of the councillors and they are very much in support of Caffi Contessa.
Gabby shared that his role in "Contessa" never ceases to surprise him, literally and figuratively.
Take G, who identifies with "Korean-American, woman, daddy, androgynous, queer, millennial." Or Contessa, who said she identifies as, "the 'Mother of Everything.' Also: BBW, queer, Italian, the realest."
Now she's with her beloved John in her heavenly home My friend Kit hasn't really gone For in my heart she will always stay Loved and remembered every day Lil Bordessa, L5 Contessa B MY HUSBAND sometimes calls me his contessa Though ravishing Latin beauty I am not See, it rhymes with his surname Bordessa So, I try to look my best with what I've got Then, tongue in cheek I click my fingers Stick a rose in my hair Bang my heels and dance everywhere.