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

Examples of palazzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contemporary art installations and spacious rooms with bespoke modern furnishings have breathed new life into the bones of an ancient palazzo. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2024 Go Here In Venice, a Hotel Spa Filled With Fragrant Art Just in time for the Venice Biennale, the 44-room Venice Venice, a hotel situated within a thousand-year-old palazzo on the Grand Canal, is launching its spa, conceived as an art installation. Gisela Williams Marina O’Loughlin Roxanne Fequiere Camille Sojit Pejcha Gisela Williams, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 An enchanting Moorish-style Venetian palazzo with breathtaking vistas of the Adriatic Sea, Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort is set on Lido, one of the earliest settlements in the lagoon area. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 To be fair, buying an Italian palazzo seems like life-changing stuff. Aj Willingham, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024 Readers get a peek inside stunning homes around the world and the emotional stories held within their walls, including Oprah Winfrey and her Montecito manse, the Mexico abode of artist couple James and Alexandra Brown and the historic Venetian palazzo of Gilberto and Bianca Arrivebene. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2024 The other-worldly Borromean Islands, a short ferry ride from Stresa, most of them still owned by the aristocratic family of the same name, are must-sees, particularly Isola Bella with its palazzo and lavish gardens. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The film takes place primarily at a Venetian palazzo, where guests (including Branagh's mustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot) have gathered for a Halloween party. Ilana Gordon,, 19 Jan. 2024 The first city hotel from a company better known for its beach resort and spas, Six Senses Rome opened last spring in a historic palazzo on Piazza San Marcello, a short walk from the Pantheon. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024

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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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“Palazzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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