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[mag-nif-i-koh] /mægˈnɪf ɪˌkoʊ/
noun, plural magnificoes.
a Venetian nobleman.
any person of high rank, major importance, etc.
Origin of magnifico
1565-75; noun use of Italian magnifico (adj.) < Latin magnificus. See magnific Unabridged
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  • Supposing I am in contact with this magnifico, am I prepared?

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Then we must haue a magnifico that must take vp the matter betwixt me and my wife.

  • The magnifico was in his chamber, and looked as aged as a man of eighty.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • It was the beginning of April 1492, and the magnifico was only in his forty-fourth year.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • He is obscure enough, and makes me sometimes wonder whether the ignotum does not pass itself off for the magnifico in his pages.

  • And–and she never–she never saw–how magnifico I look on–on that fine black horse.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Roberto Malatesta had from his contemporaries the appellation of magnifico, in common with others of like station.

  • Albrecht von Walstein entered, attired not plainly, but as became a magnifico of the Empire.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • Then, like a vision of power and grandeur, Lorenzo il magnifico enters with a group of his classic friends.

  • A boy that they had set to watch gave the alarm too soon, and the magnifico escaped.

British Dictionary definitions for magnifico


noun (pl) -coes
a magnate; grandee
Word Origin
C16: Italian from Latin magnificus; see magnific
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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