lazzarone

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian lazzarone.

Noun[edit]

lazzarone (plural lazzarones or lazzaroni)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) One of the poorer classes of Neapolitans; a beggar. [from 18th c.]
    • 1792, Charlotte Smith, Desmond, Broadview 2001, p. 205:
      ‘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!’
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 22, in Vanity Fair, London: Bradbury and Evans  [], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
      Brighton, a clean Naples with genteel lazzaroni [] .
    • 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.

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

lazzarone m (plural lazzarones)

  1. lazzarone

Further reading[edit]


Italian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

lazzaro +‎ -one

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /lad.d͡zaˈro.ne/
  • Rhymes: -one
  • Hyphenation: laz‧za‧ró‧ne

Noun[edit]

lazzarone m (plural lazzaroni)

  1. scoundrel, rogue
  2. (obsolete) leper

Descendants[edit]

  • English: lazzarone

Further reading[edit]

  • lażżaróne in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana