The definition of a contessa is Italian for countess, the wife or widow of an Italian conte (count), or an Italian woman who has the rank of count.
An example of contessa is the fictional contessa, The Barefoot Contessa, the brand name used by Ina Garten, a Food Network cooking host and author.
[also in roman type] countess
Origin of contessaItalian
An Italian countess.
Origin of contessaItalian feminine of conte count from Late Latin comes comit-; see count 2.
- A countess, often specifically an Italian countess
From Italian contessa