Main definitions of conte in English

: conte1conté2

conte1

Pronunciation /kônt/ /kɔnt/

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. 1.1A medieval narrative tale.

Origin

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

Main definitions of conté in English

: conte1conté2

conté2

(also Conté)

Pronunciation /kônˈtā/ /kɔnˈteɪ/

noun

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

    ‘powerful drawings in rough red conté’
    • ‘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.