One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fine Art. A sketch; a rough design.
Early 20th century (in an earlier sense). From Italian pensiero thought, idea, anxiety, sketch for a work of art from Old Occitan pensier thought, chagrin, anxiety, intention from pensar to think + -ier, suffix forming abstract nouns (probably ultimately from classical Latin -ērium, in e.g. desidērium).
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