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[dan-tee, dahn-tey; Italian dahn-te] /ˈdæn ti, ˈdɑn teɪ; Italian ˈdɑn tɛ/
(Dante Alighieri) 1265–1321, Italian poet: author of the Divine Comedy. Unabridged
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  • He is still, as he was in Dante's time, the "master of those that know."

  • Dante seemed to pay no heed to the impatience or the disdain of his master.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • As he wheeled round: Virgil and Dante have come to a halt upon the embankment.

  • Then I saw Dante raise his head, and his eyes flashed and his cheeks flushed.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Miss Monro was, perhaps, very wise in proposing the translation of a difficult part of Dante for a distraction to Ellinor.

    A Dark Night's Work Elizabeth Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for Dante


/ˈdæntɪ; ˈdɑːnteɪ; Italian ˈdante/
full name Dante Alighieri (Italian aliˈɡjɛːri). 1265–1321, Italian poet famous for La Divina Commedia (?1309–?1320), an allegorical account of his journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, guided by Virgil and his idealized love Beatrice. His other works include La Vita Nuova (?1292), in which he celebrates his love for Beatrice
Derived Forms
Dantean (ˈdæntɪən; dænˈtiːən), Dantesque (dænˈtɛsk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Dante

masc. proper name, most modern uses outside Italy ultimately are in reference to Dante Alighieri (c.1265-1321), the great poet; the name is a shortening of Latin Durante, from durare "harden, endure" (see endure).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Dante in Culture
Dante [(dahn-tay, dan-tee)]

An Italian poet of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; his full name was Dante Alighieri. Dante is remembered for his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, an epic about hell, purgatory, and heaven. The Divine Comedy was written as a memorial to Beatrice, a woman whom Dante loved and who died at an early age.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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