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Medici

[med-i-chee; Italian me-dee-chee]
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noun
  1. Catherine de'. Catherine de Médicis.
  2. Cos·mo or Co·si·mo de' [kawz-maw or kaw-zee-maw de] /ˈkɔz mɔ or ˈkɔ zi mɔ dɛ/, the Elder, 1389–1464, Italian banker, statesman, and patron of art and literature.
  3. Cosmo or Cosimo de'the Great, 1519–74, duke of Florence and first grand duke of Tuscany.
  4. Gio·van·ni de' [jaw-vahn-nee de] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni dɛ/. Leo X.
  5. Giu·lio de' [joo-lyaw de] /ˈdʒu lyɔ dɛ/. Clement VII.
  6. Lo·ren·zo de' [law-ren-tsaw de] /lɔˈrɛn tsɔ dɛ/, Lorenzo the Magnificent, 1449–92, poet and patron of the arts and literature: ruler of Florence 1478–92 (father of Leo X).
  7. Ma·ri·a de' [muh-ree-uh duh; Italian mah-ree-ah de] /məˈri ə də; Italian mɑˈri ɑ dɛ/. Marie de Médicis.
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Related formsMed·i·ce·an [med-i-see-uh n, ‐chee-uh n] /ˌmɛd ɪˈsi ən, ‐ˈtʃi ən/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for medicean

Historical Examples

  • Would we have a cubit added to the stature of the Medicean Venus?

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb

    Charles Lamb

  • These last he named, in honor of his patron, Cosmo d'Medici, Medicean stars.

    Letters on Astronomy

    Denison Olmsted

  • This has been done in the reproduction of the Medicean mappamundi on p. 236.

  • The reign of Leo was about to shed new lustre on the Medicean exiles.

  • The Medicean party obtained the ascendency in the government.


British Dictionary definitions for medicean

Medicean

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Medici, the Italian family of bankers, merchants, and rulers of Florence and Tuscany, prominent in Italian political and cultural history in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries
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Medici

noun
  1. an Italian family of bankers, merchants, and rulers of Florence and Tuscany, prominent in Italian political and cultural history in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, including
  2. Catherine de' (kaˈtriːn de). See Catherine de' Medici
  3. Cosimo I (ˈkɔːzimo), known as Cosimo the Great. 1519–74, duke of Florence and first grand duke of Tuscany (1569–74)
  4. Cosimo de', known as Cosimo the Elder. 1389–1464, Italian banker, statesman, and patron of arts, who established the political power of the family in Florence (1434)
  5. Giovanni de', (dʒoˈvanni de). See Leo X
  6. Giulio de' (ˈdʒuːljo de). See Clement VII
  7. Lorenzo de' (loˈrɛntso de), known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. 1449–92, Italian statesman, poet, and scholar; ruler of Florence (1469–92) and first patron of Michelangelo
  8. Maria de' (maˈriːa de). See Maria de' Medici
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French name: Médicis (medisis)
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medicean in Culture

Medici

[(med-uh-chee)]

A family of skilled politicians and patrons of the arts who lived in Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance. (See Lorenzo de Medici.)

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Note

The family produced two queens of France: Catherine, in the sixteenth century, and Marie, in the seventeenth.
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