pregio

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See also: pregiò

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈprɛ.d͡ʒo/, [ˈpr̺ɛːd͡ʒo]
  • Rhymes: -ɛdʒo
  • Stress: prègio
  • Hyphenation: pre‧gio

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin pretium, possibly borrowed as a (semi-) learned form or influenced by Gallo-Romance languages. From the same Latin source the Italian doublet prezzo.

Noun[edit]

pregio m (plural pregi)

  1. (archaic) price
    Synonym: prezzo
    • 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio, “Giornata ottava, Novella X [Eighth Day, Tenth Story]”, in Decamerone [Decameron]‎[1] (in Italian), Tommaso Hedlin, published 1527, page 196:
      Et quivi dando [] per iſcritto tutta la mercatantia, & il pregio di quella e dato [] al mercatante un magazino, nel quale eſſo la ſua mercatantia ripone, & ferralo con la chiave
      There, he gives a list of all his merchandise, and its price, and the merchant is given a storage room, where he stores all his merchandise, locking it with the key
  2. regard, esteem
    Synonyms: considerazione, stima
    avere in pregio, tenere in pregioto value; to appreciate
    • 1475, Angelo Poliziano, “Libro I”, in Stanze de messer Angelo Politiano cominciate per la giostra del magnifico Giuliano di Pietro de Medici[2] (in Italian), collected in Poesie Italiane by Saverio Orlando, Bologna: Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, published 1988, section 24:
      Or, ch’un superbo in sì vil pregio m’abbia ¶ che di non esser dio vegna a gran rischio? ¶ Or veggiàn se ’l meschin ch’Amor riprende, ¶ da due begli occhi se stesso or difende
      Now, does the fact that one proud man holds me in such low esteem jeopardize my becoming a god? Let us see whether the wretch who reproaches Love can now defend himself from two fair eyes
    • 2007, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Storia naturale dei giganti [Natural History of Giants] (in Italian), Guanda:
      In Africa, attorno al 1920, le popolazioni dell'attuale Gabon tenevano in pregio le scatolette vuote di carne in scatola, ci facevano dei pentolini, dei manicotti, dei chitarrini, e ci arredavano la casa
      Around 1920, in Africa, the peoples of modern-day Gabon valued empty cans of canned meat, making small pots, sleeves, and small guitars out of them, and using them to furnish their houses
  3. (literary) praise, merit, virtue, glory
    Synonyms: lode, merito, vanto
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Purgatorio [The Divine Comedy: Purgatory] (paperback, in Italian), Bompiani, published 2001, Canto VIII, lines 124–129, page 122:
      La fama che la vostra casa onora, ¶ grida i segnori e grida la contrada, ¶ sì che ne sa chi non vi fu ancora; ¶ e io vi giuro, s'io di sopra vada, ¶ che vostra gente onrata non si sfregia ¶ del pregio de la borsa e de la spada.
      That fame, which doeth honour to your house, proclaims its Signors and proclaims its land, so that he knows of them who ne'er was there. And, as I hope for heaven, I swear to you your honoured family in naught abates the glory of the purse and of the sword.
  4. worth, value
    Synonym: valore
  5. (archaic) reputation, name
    Synonyms: nomea, reputazione
Usage notes[edit]
  • The sense “regard, esteem” could originally be used in both the negative and positive sense, but modern usage only contemplates the latter one.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

pregio

  1. first-person singular present indicative of pregiare

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References[edit]

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