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[ching-kwi-chen-toh] /ˌtʃɪŋ kwɪˈtʃɛn toʊ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
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
Related forms
cinquecentism, noun Unabridged
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the 16th century, esp in reference to Italian art, architecture, or literature
Derived Forms
cinquecentist, noun
Word Origin
C18: Italian, shortened from milcinquecento 1500
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Word Origin and History for cinquecento

"sixteenth century" (in Italian art and literature), from Italian cinquecento, short for mil cinquecento "one thousand five hundred." See cinque + cent.

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