cicerone

noun
ci·​ce·​ro·​ne | \ˌsi-sə-ˈrō-nē, ˌchē-chə- \
plural ciceroni\ -​(ˌ)nē \

Definition of cicerone 

1 : a guide who conducts sightseers

2 : mentor, tutor

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 - 43 B.C.) was renowned in Rome as a statesman, lawyer, and writer, and he is remembered today for his skills as an orator and rhetorician. The Ciceronian style of rhetoric placed special emphasis on the rhythms and cadences of phrases and sentences and their ability to appeal to the speaker's audience. It is believed that Cicero's eloquence and learning influenced the use of his Italian name, Cicerone, to refer to sightseeing guides, themselves known for their talkativeness and eloquence, and later, to persons who serve as mentors or tutors to others.

First Known Use of cicerone

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cicerone

Italian, from Cicerone Cicero

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