[flawr-uh n-teen, -tahyn, flor-]


of or relating to Florence, Italy: the Florentine poets of the 14th century.
pertaining to or designating the style of art developed in Florence during the late 13th to 15th centuries.
(of food) served or prepared with spinach: eggs Florentine.


a native or inhabitant of Florence, Italy.
(often lowercase) a cookie made with orange peel and almonds and coated with chocolate.

Origin of Florentine

1535–45; < Latin Flōrentīnus pertaining to Flōrentia Florence; see -ine1
Related formspro-Flor·en·tine, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of florentine

Historical Examples of florentine

  • Upon what authority rests the statement of the Florentine historian?

  • Bracci, the Florentine ambassador, explains this action of Alexander's.

  • It is, in fact, the Hand-organo dialect flavoured with Florentine.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • Nor is it either better or worse than other Florentine constitutions.

  • “You will soon forget that Tito is not a Florentine, godfather,” said Romola.


    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for florentine



of or relating to Florence
(usually postpositive) (of food) served or prepared with spinach


a native or inhabitant of Florence
a biscuit containing nuts and dried fruit and coated with chocolate
a type of domestic fancy pigeon somewhat resembling the Modena
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Word Origin and History for florentine



1540s, literally "of or pertaining to the Italian city of Florence," from Latin Florentinus, from Florentia (see Florence). Earliest reference in English is to a type of textile fabric.

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