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- (historical, chiefly in the plural) One of the poorer classes of Neapolitans; a beggar. [from 18th c.]
- 1792, Charlotte Smith, “Letter X. To Mr. Bethel.”, in Desmond. […], volume II, London: […] G[eorge,] G[eorge,] J[ohn] and J[ames] Robinson, […], →OCLC, page 121:
- What does he mean by his Rights of Man, and his equality?—What wretched and dangerous doctrine to diſſeminate among the lazzaroni* of England, where they are always ready enough to murmur againſt their betters?
- 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XIV, in Romance and Reality. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], →OCLC, page 255:
- […] attended by one or two of his band, who intended leaving off business and turning lazzaroni, they all set off for Naples, which they found in an uproar.
- 1903, Henry James, The Beast in the Jungle:
- Marcher said to himself that he ought to have rendered her some service - saved her from a capsized boat in the bay, or at least recovered her dressing bag, filched from her cab, in the streets of Naples, by a lazzarone with a stiletto.
lazzarone m (plural lazzarones)
- “lazzarone”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
lazzarone m (plural lazzaroni)
- → English: lazzarone
- lażżaróne in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana