[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

1590–1600; < Italian, equivalent to amor(e) love (< Latin amōrem, accusative of amor) + -etto -et; cf. amour Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for amoretto


amorino (ˌæmɔːˈriːnəʊ)

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 amoretto

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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