Origin of virtu
Related Words for virtuknick-knacks
Examples from the Web for virtu
Historical Examples of virtu
Many are chosen, as you see, with little deference to the opinions of Virtu.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
By John Jones, Esq., pictures and virtu amounting to 240,000.Travels in South Kensington
Moncure Daniel Conway
On every side was to be seen rich hangings and articles of virtu.Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia
Author of "Old Broadbrim"
That is a country replete with articles of virtu, the only thing is to find them.The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer
For virtu, I have a little to entertain you—it is my sole pleasure.The Wits and Beaux of Society
Grace & Philip Wharton
Word Origin for virtu
"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.