ag·​gior·​na·​men·​to ə-ˌjȯr-nə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce aggiornamento (audio)
plural aggiornamentos
: a bringing up to date : modernization
dedicated to the aggiornamento of the church

Examples of aggiornamento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That their creations became widespread isn’t a sign of malevolent word-stealing but of the interconnectedness of American society and the aggiornamento of American English. Alec Dent, National Review, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, from aggiornare "to bring up to date" (from a-, verbal prefix — going back to Latin ad- ad- — + giorno "day," going back to Late Latin diurnum, from neuter of Latin diurnus "daily") + -mento -ment — more at diurnal entry 1

Note: Italian aggiornare in the sense "postpone, defer" is attested earlier than in the sense "bring up to date" and is probably a loan from French ajourner, itself in this sense dependent on English adjourn; likewise aggiornamento was probably a loan from French ajournement.

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aggiornamento was in 1962

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“Aggiornamento.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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