Ca·​sa·​no·​va ˌka-zə-ˈnō-və How to pronounce Casanova (audio)
plural Casanovas
: a man known for seducing women and having many lovers
Women were terribly charmed by him; a veritable Casanova, he had five wives and literally dozens of mistresses …Benjamin Segedin
A bad boy—a beyond-sexy Casanova who loves 'em, leaves 'em and thumbs his nose at matrimony …Colin Covert
Robert Downey Jr. stars as a post-adolescent Casanova who gets a jolt of sensitivity from a sweet conquest, inevitably played by Molly Ringwald.Entertainment Weekly

Examples of Casanova in a Sentence

He has a terrible reputation as a Casanova. to hear him tell it, he was his college's number one Casanova

Word History


Giacomo Girolamo Casanova

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Casanova was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Casanova.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ca·​sa·​no·​va ˌka-zə-ˈnō-və How to pronounce Casanova (audio)
Giovanni Giacomo 1725–1798 originally Giacomo Girolamo Casanova; alias Jean-Jacques, Chevalier de Seingalt Italian adventurer and memoirist
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