from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Italy, a peasant woman; a female rustic.
  • n. A rustic dance.


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  • The food of this landlocked, rural region comes from "la cucina contadina" the farmer's kitchen.

    Kathy McCabe: Savoring Umbria's Earthy Tastes

  • She had come to this country alone, at eighteen, a skinny little contadina from the mountains of Abruzzi, and was put to work a few days later in the garment district of Boston, before she knew more than a few English phrases.

    Knowing Jesse

  • Stampacchia, La rivolta di Spartaco come rivolta contadina, Index 9 1980: 99111, on the rural character of Spartacuss supporters; C.

    The Spartacus War

  • I loved the taglierini contadina, fresh thin noodles tossed with crumbled hot and sweet sausage and peas in a subtle tomato sauce; and the tagliatelle, which came in a rich, creamy sauce laced with pieces of crab.

    The Downtown Elaine���s Charges, And Charges Ahead

  • Big enough for two to four people to sit within and enjoy a bit of warmth or as more likely the case for the contadina to prepare today's polenta.

    Polenta and Mixed Seed Bread

  • I have seen polenta made by the most elder contadina (farmer's wife) or nonna (grandmother)of the farmhouses known as casa coloniche.

    Polenta and Mixed Seed Bread

  • This of course was the contadina, or peasant girl.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Most writers would have contented themselves with composing the female portion of the brigands 'society, of some dark-browed Italian _contadina_, with flashing eyes and jetty ringlets, a knife in her garter and a mousquetoon in her brawny fist, and a dozen crucifixes and amulets round her neck.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844

  • How it stirred within her sudden tender recollections of the quiet hours when, dressed out in some quaint head-gear, or _contadina_ costume, or merely in her own everyday frock, she had sat perched up on a high stool, or on

    My Little Lady

  • She gave her servant, a simple _contadina_, an order for the opera on a night when she appeared in one of her greatest parts.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878


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