[ loh-thair-ee-oh ]
/ loʊˈθɛər iˌoʊ /

noun, plural Lo·thar·i·os.

(sometimes lowercase) a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women.

Origin of Lothario

after the young seducer in Nicholas Rowe's play The Fair Penitent (1703)
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/ (ləʊˈθɑːrɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural -os

(sometimes not capital) a rake, libertine, or seducer

Word Origin for Lothario

C18: after a seducer in Nicholas Rowe's tragedy The Fair Penitent (1703)
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Word Origin and History for lothario


masc. proper name, Italian form of Old High German Hlothari, Hludher (whence German Luther, French Lothaire), literally "famous warrior," from Old High German lut (see loud) + heri "host, army" (see harry (v.)). As a characteristic name for a lady-killer, 1756, from the name of the principal male character of Nicholas Rowe's "The Fair Penitent" (1703).

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