cin·​que·​cen·​to ˌchiŋ-kwi-ˈchen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce cinquecento (audio)
: 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, 31 Jan. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinquecento was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Cinquecento.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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