[ poo-toh; Italian poot-taw ]
/ ˈpu toʊ; Italian ˈput tɔ /

noun, plural put·ti [poo-tee; Italian poot-tee] /ˈpu ti; Italian ˈput ti/. Fine Arts.

a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged.

Origin of putto

1635–45; < Italian: literally, boy < Latin putus
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/ (ˈpʊtəʊ) /

noun plural -ti (-tɪ)

a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculptureSee also amoretto

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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