pa·​laz·​zo | \pə-ˈlät-(ˌ)sō \
plural palazzi\ pə-​ˈlät-​(ˌ)sē \

Definition of palazzo 

: a large imposing building (such as a museum or a place of residence) especially in Italy

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Though Italian style may bring to mind deep wine shades and rich earth tones, Rizzato encourages the use of neutrals, since pale, creamy hues lend a sense of airy freshness that will make any room look palazzo-worthy. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "How to Master a Modern Italian Look at Home," 28 June 2018 Be forewarned, however: The chapels need considerable work and, like a Venice palazzo, will require eternal care. New York Times, "A Chance to Spend 99-Plus Years in Venice (in the Afterlife)," 21 May 2018 The palazzo was first purchased from the Medici in 1649 by Maria Maddalena Macchiavelli, the wife of the Marchese Filippo Corsini. Maria Gabriella Landers, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Italy," 5 Oct. 2016 Wander from the creamy pastels of a Venetian palazzo into a sumptuous, boudoir-like interior, and then to a bustling and bawdy room celebrating Casanova’s cunning: gambling, prognosticating, and wooing nuns. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 The seminary in question, located inside a palazzo just a few steps from the Vatican hotel where Francis lives, serves as a residence for about a dozen boys, aged 12 to 18, who serve as altar boys at papal Masses. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Vatican City still has no policy to fight clergy sex abuse," 1 July 2018 The palazzo-style building in the heart of the Bronx known as Andrew Freedman Home was once a retirement refuge for rich New Yorkers who fell on hard times. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Welcome to the Social Media ‘Black Power Kitchen’ of Tomorrow," 29 May 2018 The intent, the book’s authors said, was to bring the grandeur of an Italian palazzo to an insurance company. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Sale of Historic Building Near Hartford's Bushnell Park Could Spark Other Development," 29 May 2018 She was dressed in a studded motorcycle jacket over a white crop top, black palazzo pants, suspenders, a derby wool hat and mirrored sunglasses. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of palazzo

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palazzo

Italian, from Latin palatium palace

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