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 formscin·que·cen·tism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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