[med-i-chee; Italian me-dee-chee]


Related formsMed·i·ce·an [med-i-see-uh n, ‐chee-uh n] /ˌmɛd ɪˈsi ən, ‐ˈtʃi ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of medici

  • Medici was given a 10-year sentence for dealing in stolen artifacts.

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    Stolen Aphrodite Returns

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    December 11, 2010

  • Medici has since been convicted of smuggling and illegal trafficking of antiquities.

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    The Tomb Robbers

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    May 30, 2009

Historical Examples of medici

British Dictionary definitions for medici



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
Catherine de' (kaˈtriːn de). See Catherine de' Medici
Cosimo I (ˈkɔːzimo), known as Cosimo the Great. 1519–74, duke of Florence and first grand duke of Tuscany (1569–74)
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)
Giovanni de', (dʒoˈvanni de). See Leo X
Giulio de' (ˈdʒuːljo de). See Clement VII
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
Maria de' (maˈriːa de). See Maria de' Medici
French name: Médicis (medisis)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

medici in Culture



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


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