cinquecento

[ ching-kwi-chen-toh ]
/ ˌtʃɪŋ kwɪˈtʃɛn toʊ /

noun (often initial capital letter)

the 16th century, with reference to Italy, especially to the Italian art or literature of that period.

Origin of cinquecento

1750–60; < Italian, short for mil cinque cento 1500, used for period a.d. 1500–99

Related forms

cin·que·cen·tism, noun
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cinquecento

/ (ˌtʃɪŋkwɪˈtʃɛntəʊ) /

noun

the 16th century, esp in reference to Italian art, architecture, or literature

Derived Forms

cinquecentist, noun

Word Origin for cinquecento

C18: Italian, shortened from milcinquecento 1500
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