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[trey-chen-toh; Italian tre-chen-taw] /treɪˈtʃɛn toʊ; Italian trɛˈtʃɛn tɔ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
the 14th century, with reference to Italy, and especially to its art or literature.
Origin of trecento
1835-45; < Italian, short for mille trecento 1300, hence representing the years 1300-99, dates beginning with these numbers
Related forms
trecentist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trecento
Historical Examples
  • It is never found in trecento art, and is probably traceable to the Paduan impulse to make use of classic remains.

    The Venetian School of Painting

    Evelyn March Phillipps
  • The golden simplicity of the trecento yields to a studied effort after dignity of diction, culture of amplitude.

  • Lorenzo's first essays in poetry were sonnets and canzoni in the style of the trecento.

  • In so solemn and chastened a spirit could the artists of the trecento conceive of their Republic's deliverance.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • And here we have the reverence of the trecento, with its rude handiwork redeemed by its ardent sincerity.

    A Little Pilgrimage in Italy

    Olave M. (Olave Muriel) Potter
British Dictionary definitions for trecento


the 14th century, esp with reference to Italian art and literature
Derived Forms
trecentist, noun
Word Origin
C19: shortened from Italian mille trecento one thousand three hundred
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