Casanova

[ kaz-uh-noh-vuh, kas-; Italian kah-sah-naw-vah ]
/ ˌkæz əˈnoʊ və, ˌkæs-; Italian ˌkɑ sɑˈnɔ vɑ /
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noun

Gio·van·ni Ja·co·po [jaw-vahn-nee yah-kaw-paw] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/, 1725–98, Italian adventurer and writer.
a man with a reputation for having many amorous adventures; rake; Don Juan.
Related formsCas·a·no·van·ic [kaz-uh-noh-van-ik, kas-] /ˌkæz ə noʊˈvæn ɪk, ˌkæs-/, adjective
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Casanova

/ (ˌkæsəˈnəʊvə) /

noun

Giovanni Jacopo (dʒoˈvanni ˈjaːkopo). 1725–98, Italian adventurer noted for his Mémoires, a vivid account of his sexual adventures and of contemporary society
any man noted for his amorous adventures; a rake
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Word Origin and History for casanova

Casanova


n.

"man of carnal adventures, connoisseur of seduction," 1888, from Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seignalt (1725-1798), the infamous debaucher. His name could be Englished as Jacob Jerome Newhouse, which is somewhat less romantic.

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