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cicerone

[sis-uh-roh-nee, chich-uh-; Italian chee-che-raw-ne]
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noun, plural cic·e·ro·nes, Italian cic·e·ro·ni [chee-che-raw-nee] /ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ ni/.
  1. a person who conducts sightseers; guide.
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Origin of cicerone

1720–30; Italian < Latin Cicerōnem, accusative of Cicerō Cicero, the guide being thought of as having the knowledge and eloquence of Cicero
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Examples from the Web for cicerone

Historical Examples

  • Having introduced us, she desired him to act as cicerone to me until I was tired.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Then, as the Emperor has been often at Lyndalberg, he can act as cicerone for a stranger.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • To the animated and curious Frenchwoman what a cicerone was Ernest Maltravers!

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • So she had a right to come there as well as he,—and she could act as cicerone!

  • Well, we have arrived, said the cicerone, stopping at a mound of ruins.

    The Hero of the People

    Alexandre Dumas


British Dictionary definitions for cicerone

cicerone

noun plural -nes or -ni (-nɪ)
  1. a person who conducts and informs sightseers; a tour guide
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian: antiquarian scholar, guide, after Cicero, alluding to the eloquence and erudition of these men
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Word Origin and History for cicerone

n.

"a local guide in Italy," 1726, from Italian cicerone, from Latin Ciceronem, from the name of the great Roman orator (see Ciceronian). Perhaps in reference to the loquacity of the guides.

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