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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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Examples from the Web for cinquecento
Historical Examples
  • Mr. Stebbings will show it to you, and give you an abstract of the cinquecento in Italy.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • But now the sway of the cinquecento has been finally broken.

  • The cinquecento ornaments and roof are picked out in white and gold.

  • Mr. Hutton made a cinquecento gesture, and kissed her extended hand.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • The most perfect specimens of cinquecento Arabesque are certainly found in sculpture.

  • Nevertheless it must certainly be reckoned among the most elaborate examples of cinquecento jewellery that have come down to us.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • Most of the important collections of cinquecento jewellery contain specimens of these magnificent toothpicks.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • Jewellery in the cinquecento style has for several years past been made in large quantities at Vienna.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • I think now that my quaint passion for the cinquecento Italian must have had something to do with my attraction.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • Elijah looks more like a wild aboriginal man than a saint of the cinquecento.

British Dictionary definitions for cinquecento


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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