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Decameron, The

[dih-kam-er-uh n]
noun
  1. a collection of 100 tales (1353) by Boccaccio.
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Related formsDe·cam·er·on·ic [dih-kam-uh-ron-ik] /dɪˌkæm əˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for decameron

Historical Examples

  • It might have been made into one of the stories of the Decameron, but Boccaccio had other designs for it.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker

  • The series, designed to equal in number the tales of the Decameron, is incomplete.

  • The same word-play occurs at least once more in the Decameron.

  • Yet you will scarcely find him in all the hundred tales of the Decameron.

  • So begins the series of immortal tales which compose the Decameron.


Word Origin and History for decameron

Decameron

n.

c.1600, from Italian Decamerone, name of Boccaccio's 14c. collection of 100 tales supposedly told over 10 days, from Greek deka "ten" (see ten) + hemera "day" (see ephemera).

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