[ ver-too, vur-too ]
/ vərˈtu, ˈvɜr tu /
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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
First recorded in 1715–25; from Italian virtù, vertù “worth, maleness, strength”; see virtue
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How to use virtu in a sentence
Virtus musicorum saepe in capillis Samsoniis est plus quam arte.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Virtus ariete fortior—Virtue is stronger than a 35 battering-ram.
Virtus requiei nescia sordid—Virtue which knows no mean repose.
Non vitium nostrum sed virtus nos afflixit, peccatum est nullum nisi quod non un animum cum ornamentis amisimus, l. 24, Ep.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 1 of 3)|Thomas Browne
Regibus boni, quam mali, suspectiores sunt; semperque his aliena virtus formidolosa est.
British Dictionary definitions for virtu
/ (vɜːˈtuː) /
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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