fantoccini

[ fan-tuh-chee-nee ]
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plural noun
  1. puppets or marionettes manipulated by strings, wires, or mechanical devices.

  2. puppet shows using these puppets.

Origin of fantoccini

1
First recorded in 1770–1780; from Italian, plural of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio “doll,” a derivative of fante “child, boy, servant,” by loss of unaccented first syllable from infante, from Latin īnfant-, stem of īnfāns; see origin at infant

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How to use fantoccini in a sentence

  • Such a prestidigitator as Signor fantoccini has only to say—Presto!

    Hearts and Masks | Harold MacGrath
  • Who ever knew the men of the republic shout like so many Italian fantoccini pulled by wires!

    The Wing-and-Wing | J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Sharp unexpected touches evoke humanity in the fantoccini of his wayward art.

  • This was an exhibition called the fantoccini, and far superior to any of the street performances which I have yet seen.

    Three Years in Europe | William Wells Brown
  • Many who would turn away in disgust from Mr. Punch, will stand for hours and look at the performances of the fantoccini.

    Three Years in Europe | William Wells Brown

British Dictionary definitions for fantoccini

fantoccini

/ (ˌfæntəˈtʃiːnɪ) /


pl n
  1. marionettes

  2. puppet shows in which they are used

Origin of fantoccini

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C18: from Italian: little puppets, plural of fantoccino, from fantoccio puppet, from fante boy, from Latin infāns infant

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