virtu

or ver·tu

[ ver-too, vur-too ]
/ vərˈtu, ˈvɜr tu /

noun

excellence or merit in objects of art, curios, and the like.
(used with a plural verb) such objects or articles collectively.
a taste for or knowledge of such objects.

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Origin of virtu

1715–25; < Italian virtù, vertù virtue
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virtu

vertu

/ (vɜːˈtuː) /

noun

a taste or love for curios or works of fine art; connoisseurship
such objects collectively
the quality of being rare, beautiful, or otherwise appealing to a connoisseur (esp in the phrases articles of virtu; objects of virtu)

Word Origin for virtu

C18: from Italian virtù; see virtue
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