pa·​laz·​zo pə-ˈlät-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce palazzo (audio)
plural palazzi pə-ˈlät-(ˌ)sē How to pronounce palazzo (audio)
: a large imposing building (such as a museum or a place of residence) especially in Italy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An 18th century palazzo houses the hotel’s reception area as well as 12 guest rooms; a brimming gift shop; La Corte, an elegant fine dining restaurant; and La Cantinetta, a more informal bistro. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 The results will be installed at four sites throughout the palazzo, forcing a break in the chronology to create a dialogue across space and medium. Vogue, 20 Sep. 2022 The thirteen chunks of sculpture had been ferried to the palazzo by boat, under the cover of night. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Squeezing their furniture through the tight doors and windows of their 300-year-old palazzo proved to be one of the biggest challenges (the sofa went up in the elevator) and finding suitable furniture was also time-consuming. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 Among the list are straight leg, high-waisted, bootcut, palazzo, and more style jeans from brands like Good American, Everlane, Torrid, Madewell, and more. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 13 Sep. 2022 This opulent California manse is like living in an Italian palazzo. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2022 The former Renaissance palazzo is filled with Italian art treasures and stunning 17th Century tapestries. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 15 July 2022 This understated and discreet hotel sprawls across three floors of an 18th-century palazzo. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Latin palatium palace

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palazzo was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Palazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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