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[sis-uh-roh] /ˈsɪs əˌroʊ/
noun, plural ciceros. Printing.
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


[sis-uh-roh] /ˈsɪs əˌroʊ/
Marcus Tullius
[tuhl-ee-uh s] /ˈtʌl i əs/ (Show IPA),
("Tully") 106–43 b.c, Roman statesman, orator, and writer.
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  • This was, in fact, to be cicero's political position in the future.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The auspices ceased to be taken at marriages from the time of cicero.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The last time I saw cicero he talked to me about your poetry and your gifts, which you know I cannot judge as he can.

    Roads from Rome Anne C. E. Allinson
  • The young man, being thus deserted, came for refuge to cicero.

  • She had read almost the whole of cicero and a great part of Livy.

    History of the English People John Richard Green
British Dictionary definitions for cicero


noun (pl) -ros
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


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 prose Formerly known in English as Tully
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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cicero in Culture

Cicero definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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