Definition for vertu (2 of 2)
Origin of virtu
Examples from the Web for vertu
Curios, a corruption of curiosities; any articles of vertu brought from abroad.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
Wherfore I maye iustelye conclude, that true felicity doth consist in wisdome and vertu.The Path-Way to Knowledg|Robert Record
Inc. “Here may men se the vertu of herbes which ben hot and which ben colde.”The Old English Herbals|Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
Behind him the humble-men pass, embracing busts and other articles of vertu.The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)|John Galsworthy
La seule vertu distingue les hommes, ds qu'ils sont morts—By their virtues alone are men distinguished after they are dead.
British Dictionary definitions for vertu (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for vertu (2 of 2)
Word Origin for virtu
Word Origin and History for vertu
"excellence in an object of art, passion for works of art," 1722, from Italian virtu "excellence," from Latin virtutem (nominative virtus) "virtue" (see virtue). The same word as virtue, borrowed during a period when everything Italian was in vogue. Sometimes spelled vertu, after French, but this is unjustified, as this sense of the word is not in French.