[ sis-uh-roh-nee, chich-uh-; Italian chee-che-raw-ne ]
/ ˌsɪs əˈroʊ ni, ˌtʃɪtʃ ə-; Italian ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ nɛ /

noun, plural cic·e·ro·nes, Italian cic·e·ro·ni [chee-che-raw-nee] /ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ ni/.

a person who conducts sightseers; guide.


Origin of cicerone

1720–30; Italian < Latin Cicerōnem, accusative of Cicerō Cicero, the guide being thought of as having the knowledge and eloquence of Cicero Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌsɪsəˈrəʊnɪ, ˌtʃɪtʃ-) /

noun plural -nes or -ni (-nɪ)

a person who conducts and informs sightseers; a tour guide

Word Origin for cicerone

C18: from Italian: antiquarian scholar, guide, after Cicero, alluding to the eloquence and erudition of these men
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Word Origin and History for cicerone



"a local guide in Italy," 1726, from Italian cicerone, from Latin Ciceronem, from the name of the great Roman orator (see Ciceronian). Perhaps in reference to the loquacity of the guides.

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