Definition of contessa in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒnˈtɛsə/


An Italian countess.
Example sentences
  • The dish is Carpaccio of beef, a plate of trimmed sirloin sliced wafer thin and dressed with a Jackson Pollock spray of mayonnaise mixed with lemon juice, which was invented for an Italian contessa who was on a diet free of cooked meat.
  • The room was half filled with elderly contessas and solitary, beef-eating gourmands, with napkins stuck in their collars.
  • Her costumes, like her paintings, are intricate and drenched in color, whether for a can-can dancer or a contessa.


Italian, from late Latin comitissa (see countess).

Words that rhyme with contessa

addresser, aggressor, assessor, compressor, confessor, depressor, digresser, dresser, guesser, intercessor, lesser, Odessa, oppressor, possessor, professor, represser, successor, transgressor, Vanessa

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Line breaks: con|tessa

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