Definition of cicerone in English:


nounPlural ciceroni

  • A guide who gives information about places of interest to sightseers.

    • ‘He mixed in antiquarian circles, copied Antique frescoes, and painted a celebrated portrait of the Scottish cicerone James Byres and his family.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘An intelligent Jew was our cicerone and read us some Hebrew out of the precious old book of the Law.’
    escort, attendant, conductor, courier, pilot, usher, chaperone
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Early 18th century: from Italian, from Latin Cicero, Ciceron- (see Cicero), apparently alluding humorously to his eloquence and learning.