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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.