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putto

[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 putto

Historical Examples

  • Thayr surnames be putto lest any man hereafter shuld vsurpe any D iiij.cause of thayr prayse.

    The Pilgrimage of Pure Devotion

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • The Child is almost the putto on the right in the Redentore picture, but somewhat more bony.


British Dictionary definitions for putto

putto

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

from Italian, from Latin putus boy
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