- excellence or merit in objects of art, curios, and the like.
- (used with a plural verb) such objects or articles collectively.
- a taste for or knowledge of such objects.
Origin of virtu
Examples from the Web for vertus
The Vertus growths rank among the second-class Champagne crus.
The wine of Vertus ranks among the second-class champagne crs.Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines
In 1880 the Vertus wine realised the remarkably high price of from 1200 to 1400 francs the pice.
- a variant spelling of virtu
- a taste or love for curios or works of fine art; connoisseurship
- such objects collectively
- the quality of being rare, beautiful, or otherwise appealing to a connoisseur (esp in the phrases articles of virtu; objects of virtu)
Word Origin and History for vertus
"excellence in an object of art, passion for works of art," 1722, from Italian virtu "excellence," from Latin virtutem (nominative virtus) "virtue" (see virtue). The same word as virtue, borrowed during a period when everything Italian was in vogue. Sometimes spelled vertu, after French, but this is unjustified, as this sense of the word is not in French.