American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An Italian countess.
- n. A countess, often specifically an Italian countess
- From Italian contessa (Wiktionary)
- Italian, feminine of conte, count, from Late Latin comes, comit-; see count2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He was older, sexually experienced, and worldly wise, having enjoyed a tempestuous affair with an Italian contessa”
“Dig in and grow your own Speaking of food, you don't need to be a barefoot contessa to grow something easy like tomatoes.”
“ “Tessa,” he said softly from between his fingers, “It should be contessa.””
“Before Thanksgiving, I would have pegged her for a neoliberal overbearing contessa.”
“Her research into the grand contessa, Matilda of Tuscany, had instilled within her a new fascination for the Middle Ages.”
“It is the treasure of my family, as it belonged to the grand contessa, Matilda of Tuscany.”
“Thoughts on "contessa brewer has no problem being called a slut”
“Joan seems even more doll-like in her new role as dress contessa of Bonwit Teller, her eyes imbued with a sadness that weighs upon her Bambi lashes.”
“I have the new Ina Garten barefoot contessa cookbook out of the library and these cupcakes looked good.”
“The pigeon poop in “Under The Tuscan Sun” was a “signale de Deo” to the contessa that she should hand over her beloved villa to a strange American woman…so it MUST be a sign!”
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To keep handy when I want to alliterate as in "sultan of swing". To avoid repetition, where there are gender-oriented variants of the same weird, use the masculine (because I'm sexist).
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