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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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Examples from the Web for fantoccini

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</p>

    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</p>

    William Wells Brown

British Dictionary definitions for fantoccini


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

Word Origin

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