[ poo-toh; Italian poot-taw ]

noun,plural put·ti [poo-tee; Italian poot-tee]. /ˈpu ti; Italian ˈput ti/. Fine Arts.
  1. a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged.

Origin of putto

1635–45; <Italian: literally, boy <Latin putus

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How to use putto in a sentence

  • Little winged putti surround its base, and it ranks among the best productions of the accomplished Jacopo della Quercia.

    Cathedral Cities of Italy | William Wiehe Collins
  • A marble doorway surrounded by two putti bearing a shield, leads to the Hall of Saints.

    Pintoricchio | Evelyn March Phillipps
  • These three figures—with their lovely attendant putti—are among the finest of his works.

  • The five frescoed putti above and the scene of the reception of the Stigmata are probably by Girolamo del Pacchia.

  • He places two wingless putti in the air, but one holds up the other, and this action seems to sustain them both.

    Art Principles | Ernest Govett

British Dictionary definitions for putto


/ (ˈpʊtəʊ) /

nounplural -ti (-tɪ)
  1. a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculpture: See also amoretto

Origin of putto

from Italian, from Latin putus boy

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