[ see-uh-neez, -nees ]

  1. of or relating to Siena or its people.

  2. pertaining to or designating the style of painting developed in Siena during the late 13th and 14th centuries, characterized by a use of Byzantine forms and iconography modified by an increased three-dimensional quality, decorative linear rhythms, and harmonious, although sometimes ornamental, color.

noun,plural Si·en·ese.
  1. an inhabitant of Siena.

Origin of Sienese

First recorded in 1750–60; Sien(a) + -ese

Words Nearby Sienese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Sienese in a sentence

  • Her answer was more disastrous than any battle; she took her trade from the port of Pisa to the Sienese port Talamone.

  • And then in the second chapel on the right is a lovely Sienese Madonna, and a strange fresco on the left wall of men taming bulls.

  • Influenced in the beginning by the Sienese, the Umbrian school of painting remained almost entirely religious.

  • The Palazzo itself consists of a huge central square block with Sienese battlements—square with hatched mouldings.

    Cathedral Cities of Italy | William Wiehe Collins
  • Sienese boys smoke cheap cigarettes, and the older men get black Tuscan cigars, but this was different.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton