[ trey-chen-toh; Italian tre-chen-taw ]

noun(often initial capital letter)
  1. the 14th century, with reference to Italy, and especially to its art or literature.

Origin of trecento

1835–45; <Italian, short for mille trecento 1300, hence representing the years 1300–99, dates beginning with these numbers

Other words from trecento

  • tre·cen·tist, noun

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

How to use trecento in a sentence

  • In so solemn and chastened a spirit could the artists of the trecento conceive of their Republic's deliverance.

    The Story of Florence | Edmund G. Gardner
  • And here we have the reverence of the trecento, with its rude handiwork redeemed by its ardent sincerity.

    A Little Pilgrimage in Italy | Olave M. (Olave Muriel) Potter
  • The golden simplicity of the trecento yields to a studied effort after dignity of diction, culture of amplitude.

  • Lorenzo's first essays in poetry were sonnets and canzoni in the style of the trecento.

  • It is never found in trecento art, and is probably traceable to the Paduan impulse to make use of classic remains.

    The Venetian School of Painting | Evelyn March Phillipps

British Dictionary definitions for trecento


/ (treɪˈtʃɛntəʊ) /

  1. the 14th century, esp with reference to Italian art and literature

Origin of trecento

C19: shortened from Italian mille trecento one thousand three hundred

Derived forms of trecento

  • trecentist, noun

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