quat·​tro·​cen·​to ˌkwä-trō-ˈchen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce quattrocento (audio)
often capitalized
: the 15th century especially with reference to Italian literature and art

Examples of quattrocento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Commissioned by the Swiss aristocrat, banker and diplomat Count James-Alexandre de Pourtalès, the building that bears his name was designed by Félix Duban, who gave the building a quattrocento-style facade inspired by Florentine palazzos. Tina Isaac-GoizÉ, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2016

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Word History


Italian, literally, four hundred, from quattro four (from Latin quattuor) + cento hundred — more at cinquecento

First Known Use

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quattrocento was circa 1854

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“Quattrocento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quattrocento. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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