Definition of putto in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʊtəʊ/

noun (plural putti /ˈpʊti/)

A representation of a naked child, especially a cherub or a cupid in Renaissance art.
Example sentences
  • Among the various bits and pieces we see in this corner are plaster casts of the heads and tiny wings of two putti or cupids.
  • Between two relief sculptures of putti sit a Raphael drawing and a Netherlandish portrait of a man.
  • At the top of this painting, three putti hover over the scene.


Italian, literally 'boy', from Latin putus.

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