Contessa meaning

kən-tĕs'ə, kōn-tĕs'sä
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A countess, often specifically an Italian countess.
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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.

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An Italian countess.
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Origin of contessa

  • Italian feminine of conte count from Late Latin comes comit- count2
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian contessa
    From Wiktionary