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The French word for a tale, applied since the 19th century to short stories, but previously used to denote a more fanciful kind of short prose fiction, especially that deriving from oral tradition. Among the kinds of conte are the folktale or conte populaire, the fairy tale (conte merveilleux or conte de fées), and the nursery rhyme or conte rimé. In the more literary manner is the conte philosophique, of which Voltaire's Zadig (1747) and Candide (1759) are major examples. A storyteller is a conteur.

Subjects: Literature.

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