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Mona Lisa

[moh-nuh lee-suh, lee-zuh] /ˈmoʊ nə ˈli sə, ˈli zə/
Italian La Gioconda. a portrait (1503?–05?) by Leonardo da Vinci. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Coupeau paused to stare at the "Mona Lisa," saying that she reminded him of one of his aunts.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • They allure and baffle us, as the smile on the lips of the Mona Lisa.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • My mind swore; it was like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • The Mona Lisa smile comes over her lips when I question her about this one or that.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Usually simply cut it out of the frame, like the Mona Lisa, you know.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

/ˈməʊnə ˈliːzə/
a portrait of a young woman painted by Leonardo da Vinci, admired for her enigmatic smile Also called La Gioconda
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Mona Lisa

from 1923, in reference to an enigmatic smile or expression like that in Leonardo DaVinci's painting. First attested in D.H. Lawrence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Mona Lisa in Culture

Mona Lisa definition

A painting by Leonardo da Vinci of a woman with a mysterious smile. It is one of the most readily recognized paintings in the world.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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