variants or less commonly abbozzo
plural abozzi
: a rough sketch or draft (as of a picture or a poem)

Word History


Italian abbozzo, from abbozzare to make a rough sketch or draft, from a- (from Latin ad-) + bozzare to make a rough sketch or draft, from bozza boss, swelling, roughhewn stone, rough sketch or draft

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abozzo was in 1826

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“Abozzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abozzo. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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