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Casanova

[kaz-uh-noh-vuh, kas-; Italian kah-sah-naw-vah]
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noun
  1. Gio·van·ni Ja·co·po [jaw-vahn-nee yah-kaw-paw] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/, 1725–98, Italian adventurer and writer.
  2. a man with a reputation for having many amorous adventures; rake; Don Juan.
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Related formsCas·a·no·van·ic [kaz-uh-noh-van-ik, kas-] /ˌkæz ə noʊˈvæn ɪk, ˌkæs-/, adjective
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  • Nor did Casanova allow these questions to harass his mind to-day.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • "We are all religious in our several ways," said Casanova civilly.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Casanova's first impulse was to throw the contents of his glass in Lorenzi's face.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Casanova signified his refusal with an exaggerated but courtly gesture.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • "I fear that will be quite impossible," said Casanova with decision.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler


British Dictionary definitions for casanova

Casanova

noun
  1. Giovanni Jacopo (dʒoˈvanni ˈjaːkopo). 1725–98, Italian adventurer noted for his Mémoires, a vivid account of his sexual adventures and of contemporary society
  2. 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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