facchino

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Etymology[edit]

From Sicilian facchinu (jurist called upon to settle disputes related to customs). Ultimately from Arabic فقيه (theologian, jurisconsult). Cognate with Spanish faquín, French faquin. The passage from a customs officer to porter would have occurred as a result of serious economic crisis in the Arab world, when, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the customs officers were forced - to survive - to the sale of fabrics that they themselves transported - on their shoulders - from square to square.

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Noun[edit]

facchino m (plural facchini)

  1. porter (person)

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