[am-uh-ret-oh; Italian ah-maw-ret-taw]
noun, plural am·o·ret·ti [am-uh-ret-ee; Italian ah-maw-ret-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɛt i; Italian ˌɑ mɔˈrɛt ti/.
- a little cupid.
Origin of amoretto
equivalent to amor(e
) love (< Latin amōrem,
accusative of amor
) + -etto -et
; cf. amour
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Examples from the Web for amoretti
Historical Examples of amoretti
Mosto reads focine, which is amended by Amoretti to foscine.
Papponi, (of whom Amoretti writes,) a man of such susceptibility, was cured of convulsive attacks by change of place.
Amoretti conjectures that Pigafetta means the fusiniere, boats named after Fusine whence people are ferried to Venice.
Some of the ‘Amoretti’ were doubtless addressed by Spenser in 1593 to the lady who became his wife a year later.
British Dictionary definitions for amoretti
noun plural -retti (-ˈrɛtɪ) or -rini (-ˈriːnɪ)
- (esp in painting) a small chubby naked boy representing a cupidAlso called: putto
Word Origin for amoretto
C16: from Italian, diminutive of Amore Cupid, from Latin Amor Love
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Word Origin and History for amoretti
1590s, from Italian, literally "little love," a diminutive of amore "love" (see Amy). This word was variously applied to love sonnets, cupids, etc. Also cf. Amaretto.
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