Etymology
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contents (n.)

"things contained, that which is contained" in something (the stomach, a document, etc.), early 15c., from Latin contentum (plural contenta), noun use of neuter past participle in the literal sense of continere "to hold together, enclose," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + tenere "to hold" (from PIE root *ten- "to stretch"). Table of contents is from late 15c.

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Definitions of contents

contents (n.)
(usually plural) everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something;
he emptied the contents of his pockets
Synonyms: content
contents (n.)
a list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start;
Synonyms: table of contents
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