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noun, plural cic·e·ros. Printing.
  1. a Continental unit of measurement for type, equal to 12 Didot points, or 0.178 inches (4.5 mm), roughly comparable to a pica.

Origin of cicero

named after the type cast for a 15th-century edition of Cicero's De Oratore


  1. Marcus Tul·li·us [tuhl-ee-uh s] /ˈtʌl i əs/, Tully, 106–43 b.c., Roman statesman, orator, and writer.
  2. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago.
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noun plural -ros
  1. a measure for type that is somewhat larger than the pica

Word Origin

C19: from its first being used in a 15th-century edition of the writings of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 bc), the Roman consul, orator, and writer


  1. Marcus Tullius (ˈmɑːkəs ˈtʌlɪəs). 106–43 bc, Roman consul, orator, and writer. He foiled Catiline's conspiracy (63) and was killed by Mark Antony's agents after he denounced Antony in the Philippics. His writings are regarded as a model of Latin proseFormerly known in English as: Tully
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cicero in Culture


An orator, writer, and statesman of ancient Rome. His many speeches to the Roman Senate are famous for their rhetorical techniques and their ornate style.

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