puttana

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from a Vulgar Latin *puttāna, from Latin puta (girl).[1], but more likely a borrowing from Old Provençal putana, cf. Old French putaine, French putain.[2][3] Latin putta (prostitute) is attested in the sixth century (Gregory of Tours). The change of meaning from "girl" to "prostitute" is due to euphemism, a process that is well known to other periods and languages.[4]

Noun[edit]

puttana f (plural puttane)

  1. (derogatory, vulgar slang) whore, slut, hooker, tart (British)
  2. (as an insult) bitch
  3. trollop, strumpet, whore, streetwalker

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.etimo.it/?term=puttana
  2. ^ http://www.sapere.it/sapere/search.html?q1=puttana&x.x=0&x.y=0&srch=enciclopedia
  3. ^ http://atilf.atilf.fr/dendien/scripts/tlfiv5/advanced.exe?8;s=250681320;
  4. ^ “puttana” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, ISBN 978-88-00-20781-2