[ ve-spoo-chee, -spyoo-; Italian ves-poot-chee ]

  1. A·me·ri·go [uh-mer-i-goh; Italian ah-me-ree-gaw], /əˈmɛr ɪˌgoʊ; Italian ˌɑ mɛˈri gɔ/, Americus Vespucius, 1451–1512, Italian merchant, adventurer, and explorer after whom America was named.

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

How to use Vespucci in a sentence

  • Amerigo Vespucci sailed with three ships furnished him by Emanuel of Portugal.

  • People later on said that Amerigo Vespucci had discovered a new continent, and that it ought to be called by his name.

    Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
  • In 1511 a copy of Vespucci's narrative of his voyage had been lent to the monastery, and had been read with great interest.

    The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
  • Wildeve came like Amerigo Vespucci, and received the honours due to those who had gone before.

    Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
  • The statement of encyclopædias that Vespucci "probably got as far north as Cape Hatteras" is ridiculous.

    The Spanish Pioneers | Charles F. Lummis

British Dictionary definitions for Vespucci


/ (vɛˈspuːtʃɪ) /

  1. Amerigo (ameˈriːɡo), Latin name Americus Vespucius. ?1454–1512, Florentine navigator in the New World (1499–1500; 1501–02), after whom the continent of America was named

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