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[sis-uh-roh-nee, chich-uh-; Italian chee-che-raw-ne] /ˌsɪs əˈroʊ ni, ˌtʃɪtʃ ə-; Italian ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ nɛ/
noun, plural cicerones Italian, ciceroni
[chee-che-raw-nee] /ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ ni/ (Show IPA)
a person who conducts sightseers; guide.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • Not at all, it was the call of the cicerone who had something to impart.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • The detective who was to be our cicerone was known to every evil-doer in the metropolis.

    London in the Sixties One of the Old Brigade
  • He had, of course, much to see, and it was a delight to me to be his cicerone.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • In doing so we are in the hands of a cicerone who is not satisfied to speak by rote.

  • "With your permission, Walter, I will take the part of cicerone," said the new voice.

    The Wizard's Son, vol. 3 Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for cicerone


/ˌsɪsəˈrəʊnɪ; ˌtʃɪtʃ-/
noun (pl) -nes, -ni (-nɪ)
a person who conducts and informs sightseers; a tour guide
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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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