cinquecento [ching-kwi-chen-toh] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun (often initial capital letter) the 16th century, with reference to Italy, especially to the Italian art or literature of that period.

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  • Origin of cinquecento 1750–60; Italian, short for mil cinque cento 1500, used for period a.d. 1500–99Related formscin·que·cen·tism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for cinquecento Historical Examples of cinquecento

  • Mr. Stebbings will show it to you, and give you an abstract of the cinquecento in Italy.

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  • But now the sway of the Cinquecento has been finally broken.

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  • The cinquecento ornaments and roof are picked out in white and gold.

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  • Mr. Hutton made a Cinquecento gesture, and kissed her extended hand.

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  • The most perfect specimens of cinquecento Arabesque are certainly found in sculpture.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for cinquecento cinquecento noun the 16th century, esp in reference to Italian art, architecture, or literature Derived Formscinquecentist, nounWord Origin for cinquecento C18: Italian, shortened from milcinquecento 1500 Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for cinquecento n.

    “sixteenth century” (in Italian art and literature), from Italian cinquecento, short for mil cinquecento “one thousand five hundred.” See cinque + cent.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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