Casanova

[kaz-uh-noh-vuh, kas-; Italian kah-sah-naw-vah]
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.
Related formsCas·a·no·van·ic [kaz-uh-noh-van-ik, kas-] /ˌkæz ə noʊˈvæn ɪk, ˌkæs-/, adjective
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Related Words for casanova

paramour, lover, Romeo, womanizer, wolf, admirer, Lothario, cad

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Contemporary Examples of casanova

Historical Examples of casanova

  • Not till he heard the voice, did Casanova recognize who it was.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • He was still holding Casanova's hands, and he pressed them fondly.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • He laughed good-humoredly, and made as if to help Casanova into the carriage.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Casanova, however, had suddenly grown distrait and irritable.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Ere long Casanova was on such intimate terms with her that his word was law.

    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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