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fantoccini

[fan-tuh-chee-nee]
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plural noun
  1. puppets or marionettes manipulated by strings, wires, or mechanical devices.
  2. a puppet show using these puppets.
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Historical Examples

  • But to do Mr. Davis justice, he did not make his fantoccini suffer if he pulled the wires the wrong way.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals

    T. C. DeLeon

  • Then the Black Doctor, as blowed the bellows to the late ministerial organ, starts a fantoccini and collars our dialect.

  • See here—a month ago, on the other side of the mountains, I met a fantoccini player.

  • This was an exhibition called the Fantoccini, and far superior to any of the street performances which I have yet seen.

    Three Years in Europe

    William Wells Brown

  • Many who would turn away in disgust from Mr. Punch, will stand for hours and look at the performances of the Fantoccini.

    Three Years in Europe

    William Wells Brown


British Dictionary definitions for fantoccini

fantoccini

pl n
  1. marionettes
  2. puppet shows in which they are used
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian: little puppets, plural of fantoccino, from fantoccio puppet, from fante boy, from Latin infāns infant
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