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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Dimora delle Balze, a 19th century palazzo in Noto, Italy. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni Wore Three Dior Haute Couture Looks For Her Epic Wedding in Italy," 2 Sep. 2018 Then, after this trial run, the palazzo will be returned to its owner, and 700,000 Heures will move to northwestern Cambodia, where guests will stay in a series of locations, among them an ancient Buddhist temple. New York Times, "A Cultural Compendium of What’s New," 20 Feb. 2018 The crunchy taffeta and faille skirts, a hallmark of the house, are reinterpreted as silky palazzo pants or georgette ruffles, better made for lounging and dancing. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Afterward, at an intimate dinner held in a private Renaissance palazzo, opinions varied. Vogue, "Chanel Conquers Venice With Tilda Swinton, Naomi Watts, and More," 7 Sep. 2018 On a lightning visit to Venice almost two decades ago, I was swept into the magic of the Hotel Gritti Palace, a 14th-century Venetian Gothic palazzo converted, back in the 1940s, into a ravishing small hotel. Jean Bond Rafferty, Town & Country, "Dispatches from the Renaissance," 17 Dec. 2012 Palazzo Chigi This impressive baroque palazzo renovated by Gian Lorenzo Bernini was once home to the powerful Chigi family, one of the most important Italian Papal dynasties. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 Many of Italy’s illustrious families can claim a Barthel kitchen in the family palazzo (not surprising, given that about 80 percent of the company’s business comes through word-of-mouth). Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 The palazzo, now a museum, was a residence of the Savoy royal family which reigned in Italy after its unification until World War II. Simone Somekh, The Seattle Times, "Italian antique desk once displayed in NYC’s Met recovered," 24 July 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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