sei·​cen·​to sā-ˈchen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce seicento (audio)
: the 17th century
specifically : the 17th century period in Italian literature and art

Word History


Italian, literally, six-hundred, from sei six (from Latin sex) + cento hundred — more at six, cinquecento

First Known Use

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seicento was circa 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Seicento.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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