cin·​que·​cen·​to | \ ˌchiŋ-kwi-ˈchen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce cinquecento (audio) \

Definition of cinquecento

: the 16th century especially in Italian art and literature

Examples of cinquecento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web I am immersed in quattro- and cinquecento painting — more than ever! Randy Kennedy, New York Times, "The American Painter Philip Guston to Be Featured in Venice," 31 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cinquecento

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinquecento

Italian, literally, five hundred, from cinque five (from Latin quinque) + cento hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred

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“Cinquecento.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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