[bel-ahr-meen, bel-ahr-meen, -er-]
- a fat, narrow-necked stoneware bottle of the 16th and 17th centuries, ornamented with a bearded mask.
Origin of bellarmine
1710–20; named after Cardinal Bellarmino (1542–1621), Italian churchman, the object of the caricature on the bottle
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Examples from the Web for bellarmine
In the afternoon, Bellarmine, in the dear coach and six, came to wait on her.
Can he give me an equipage, or any of those things which Bellarmine will make me mistress of?
Aye, but Bellarmine is the genteeler, and the finer man; yes, that he must be allowed.
To this gentleman came Bellarmine, on the errand I have mentioned.
How does its beautiful simplicity also, and compendious brevity, give it rank before the laborious subtleties of Bellarmine!
- a large stoneware or earthenware jug for ale or spirits, bearing a bearded mask
C18: named after Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal, whom these jugs were intended to caricature
- Saint Robert . 1542–1621, Italian Jesuit theologian and cardinal; an important influence during the Counter-Reformation
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