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noun, con·ver·sa·zi·o·ne \ˌkän-vər-ˌsät-sē-ˈō-nē, ˌkōn-\

Definition of conversazione

plural conversaziones or conversazioni \-ˈō-(ˌ)nē\

  1. :  a meeting for conversation especially about art, literature, or science

Did You Know?

Writer Horace Walpole is credited with the first English use of conversazione in a 1739 letter in which he writes, "After the play we were introduced to the assembly, which they call the conversazione." As this Italian borrowing was used through the years, it gained nuances of meaning. In Italy, it generally referred to a gathering for conversation, but in England it began to be used more for a private meeting. By the 19th century, conversazione also referred to assemblies and soirees of people connected with the arts or sciences. The word has two plural forms in English: conversaziones and conversazioni.

Origin of conversazione

Italian, literally, conversation, from Latin conversation-, conversatio

First Known Use: 1739

Rhymes with conversazione

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