cicerone

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

1726,[1] from Italian cicerone (surface analysis cicero + -one (( augmentative))), from Latin Cicerōnem, form of Cicerō, agnomen of Marcus Tullius Cicero), the Roman orator, from cicer (chickpea), a reference to his warts, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱiker- (pea). Possibly humorous reference to loquaciousness of guides.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /t͡ʃɪt͡ʃəˈɹəʊni/, /sɪsəˈɹəʊni/

Noun[edit]

cicerone (plural ciceroni)

  1. A guide who shows people around tourist sights.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 3:
      he was in the act of making his evening plans with the same smelly but nice cicerone in a café-au-lait suit whom he had hired already twice at the same Genoese hotel [...].
    • 1987, Michael Brodsky, Xman, p. 360:
      Ultimately their gazes all rested on his cicerone as most powerful member of the group.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 279:
      “First,” advised their cicerone in the matter, Professor Svegli of the University of Pisa, “try to forget the usual picture in two dimensions.”

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 cicerone” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Cicerōnem, form of Cicerō, agnomen of Marcus Tullius Cicero), the Roman orator, from cicer (chickpea), a reference to his warts, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱiker- (pea). Surface analysis cicero +‎ -one (( augmentative)).

Noun[edit]

cicerone m (plural ciceroni)

  1. A guide who shows people around tourist sights.
  2. (informal) A know-it-all or smart ass.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian cicerone, after Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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Noun[edit]

cicerone m f (plural cicerones)

  1. cicerone (guide who shows people tourist sights)

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

cicerone m, f (plural cicerones)

  1. guide, cicerone

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