Main definitions of conte in English

: conte1Conté2

conte1

noun

  • 1A short story as a form of literary composition.

    • ‘One is the oral/written interface in the conte, in particular the stylistic and syntactic make-up of contemporary oral storytelling, with a particular interest in negation, inversion, detachment, and speech and thought presentation.’
    1. 1.1 A medieval narrative tale.

Origin

French, based on Latin computare ‘reckon, sum up’.

Pronunciation

conte

/kɒnt//kɔ̃t/

Main definitions of conte in English

: conte1Conté2

Conté2

noun

mass noun
  • A kind of hard, grease-free crayon used as a medium for artwork.

    as modifier ‘Conté pastels’
    • ‘This is a red conte drawing from art class.’
    • ‘In this lesson you'll learn how to create a dry wash, how to sketch a butterfly and how to draw it in pastel or colored Conte.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Nicolas J. Conté (1755–1805), the French inventor who developed it.

Pronunciation

Conté

/ˈkɒnteɪ/