Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short story or novella.
  • n. A medieval narrative tale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short narrative or tale, esp. one dealing with surprising or marvelous events.

Etymologies

French, from Old French conter, to relate, recount; see count1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Netanyahu triumphs in international baritone conte ...

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  • Although Braun's later artistic work took up different themes, her drawings in conte crayon and charcoal from the 1920s and 1930s remain an enduring artistic record of Jewish life in New York and Palestine.

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  • On the night of President Obama's receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, I am compelled to conte ...

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  • Paris: 1997; Les mers rouges: un conte à plusieurs voix.

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  • Presentation: Ce livre est une reproduction fidele du journal tenu par le grand magicien, Septimus Agorius, dans lequel il conte les combats livres pour tuer et chasser les mauvais dragons hors du royaume, comme le lui a demande le Roi sur son lit de mort.

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  • Done on handmade paper in conte crayon, these paradoxically unassuming masterpieces depict a wide range of subjects that include portraits, nudes, rural and industrial landscapes, figure studies, images of animals, wagons, nurses and children.

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  • Everyone was working and listening and participating and we did the concours kind of like au théâtre and Florent said things like, "Ce n'était pas de conte de fée, mais .." or "Deux ans plus tard ..." when there was a long pause in the dialogue.

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  • This reserve is in some measure excusable among a people who are extremely ignorant of foreign customs, and who know that in their own country, every person, even the most insignificant, who has any pretensions to family, either inherits, or assumes the title of principe, conte, or marchese.

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  • When we sat down today at the conte (ph), or his office, in central Tokyo.

    CNN Transcript Dec 15, 2004

  • DP secretary general Wurayayi Zembe said the convention should debate a new conte both national and local government elections in a democratic manner.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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