con·​ver·​sa·​zi·​o·​ne ˌkän-vər-ˌsät-sē-ˈō-nē How to pronounce conversazione (audio)
plural conversaziones or conversazioni ˌkän-vər-ˌsät-sē-ˈō-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce conversazione (audio)
: a meeting for conversation especially about art, literature, or science

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Writer Horace Walpole is credited with the first English use of conversazione in a 1739 letter in which he writes, "After the play we were introduced to the assembly, which they call the conversazione." As this Italian borrowing was used through the years, it gained nuances of meaning. In Italy, it generally referred to a gathering for conversation, but in England it began to be used more for a private meeting. By the 19th century, conversazione also referred to assemblies and soirees of people connected with the arts or sciences. The word has two plural forms in English: conversaziones and conversazioni.

Word History


Italian, literally, conversation, from Latin conversation-, conversatio

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conversazione was in 1739


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“Conversazione.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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