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From Italian lazzarone.


lazzarone (plural lazzarones or lazzaroni)

  1. (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?
      * Lazzaroni, a word deſcriptive of people reduced to the utmoſt poverty and wretchedneſs.
    • 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.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, “A Marriage and Part of a Honeymoon”, in Vanity Fair [], London: Bradbury and Evans [], published 1848, →OCLC, page 189:
      [] 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.



lazzarone m (plural lazzarones)

  1. lazzarone

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From lazzaro +‎ -one.


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


lazzarone m (plural lazzaroni)

  1. scoundrel, rogue
  2. (obsolete) leper


  • English: lazzarone

Further reading[edit]

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