- the 16th century, with reference to Italy, especially to the Italian art or literature of that period.
Origin of cinquecento
1750–60; < Italian, short for mil cinque cento 1500, used for period a.d. 1500–99
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Mr. Stebbings will show it to you, and give you an abstract of the cinquecento in Italy.A Likely Story
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But now the sway of the Cinquecento has been finally broken.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)
The cinquecento ornaments and roof are picked out in white and gold.Curiosities of Christian History
Mr. Hutton made a Cinquecento gesture, and kissed her extended hand.Mortal Coils
The most perfect specimens of cinquecento Arabesque are certainly found in sculpture.
- the 16th century, esp in reference to Italian art, architecture, or literature
C18: Italian, shortened from milcinquecento 1500
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Word Origin and History for cinquecento
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