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[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.
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Origin of putto

1635–45; < Italian: literally, boy < Latin putus
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Examples from the Web for putti

Historical Examples of putti

  • These emblems are repeated in the hands of the putti on either side of the steps.


    Evelyn March Phillipps

  • Have Correggio's putti grown up yet and walked out of their frames?


    Estelle M. Hurll

  • The erect form of the Madonna is relieved in striking chiaroscuro against the mantle, upheld by putti.

    The Venetian School of Painting

    Evelyn March Phillipps

  • The monument stands under an arch, on which are three putti who hold up some folds as if they were opening the curtain of heaven.

  • Round the upper frieze are putti hunting, bearing garlands, &c.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for putti


noun plural -ti (-tɪ)
  1. a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculptureSee also amoretto
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Word Origin for putto

from Italian, from Latin putus boy
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Word Origin and History for putti


1640s, from Italian putti "small boys," plural of putto, from Latin putus "boy, child" (see puerility).

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