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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. the 16th century, with reference to Italy, especially to the Italian art or literature of that period.
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Origin of cinquecento

1750–60; < Italian, short for mil cinque cento 1500, used for period a.d. 1500–99
Related formscin·que·cen·tism, noun
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Historical Examples of cinquecento

  • Mr. Stebbings will show it to you, and give you an abstract of the cinquecento in Italy.

    A Likely Story

    William De Morgan

  • But now the sway of the Cinquecento has been finally broken.

  • The cinquecento ornaments and roof are picked out in white and gold.

  • Mr. Hutton made a Cinquecento gesture, and kissed her extended hand.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

  • The most perfect specimens of cinquecento Arabesque are certainly found in sculpture.

British Dictionary definitions for cinquecento


  1. the 16th century, esp in reference to Italian art, architecture, or literature
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Derived Formscinquecentist, noun

Word Origin for cinquecento

C18: Italian, shortened from milcinquecento 1500
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Word Origin and History for cinquecento


"sixteenth century" (in Italian art and literature), from Italian cinquecento, short for mil cinquecento "one thousand five hundred." See cinque + cent.

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