quattrocento

[ kwah-troh-chen-toh; Italian kwaht-traw-chen-taw ]
/ ˌkwɑ troʊˈtʃɛn toʊ; Italian ˌkwɑt trɔˈtʃɛn tɔ /
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noun (often initial capital letter)

the 15th century, used in reference to the Italian art and literature of that time.

Nearby words

  1. quatorze,
  2. quatrain,
  3. quatre,
  4. quatre bras,
  5. quatrefoil,
  6. quattuordecillion,
  7. quaver,
  8. quay,
  9. quay, matthew stanley,
  10. quayage

Origin of quattrocento

1870–75; < Italian, short for mil quattro cento 1400, occurring in the names of all the years from 1400 to 1499

Related formsquat·tro·cen·tist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for quattrocento

quattrocento

/ (ˌkwætrəʊˈtʃɛntəʊ, Italian kwattroˈtʃɛnto) /

noun

the 15th century, esp in reference to Renaissance Italian art and literature

Word Origin for quattrocento

Italian, shortened from milquattrocento 1400

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Word Origin and History for quattrocento

quattrocento

n.

"the fifteenth century as a period in art and architecture," 1847, from Italian quattrocento, literally "four hundred," short for mille quattrocento "one thousand four hundred," in reference to a period beginning in "1400;" see four + hundred.

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