Definition of contessa in English:


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Pronunciation: /kɒnˈtɛsə


  • An Italian countess.
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    • 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).

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