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Syllabification: cic·e·ro·ne
Pronunciation: /ˌsisəˈrōnē, ˌCHēCHə-

Definition of cicerone in English:

noun (plural ciceroni pronounced same)

A guide who gives information about antiquities and places of interest to sightseers.
Example sentences
  • Van der Meulen will be our cicerone as we tour the Rondeau, starting with Buyster's statues.
  • It has long been an uphill struggle for new art in Italy, the country Marinetti bitterly castigated in 1909 as a gangrenous land of ‘professors, archeologists, ciceroni and antiquarians.’
  • He mixed in antiquarian circles, copied Antique frescoes, and painted a celebrated portrait of the Scottish cicerone James Byres and his family.


early 18th century: from Italian, from Latin Cicero, Ciceron- (see Cicero2), apparently alluding humorously to his eloquence and learning.

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