Definition of Florentine in US English:



  • 1Relating to Florence.

    • ‘It was a gift in 1716 from the Prussian royal house to Russia, where it was later enhanced by four priceless Florentine mosaics - and it aroused the greed of the Wehrmacht during the Second World War.’
    • ‘The final roads lacked the quaint character, of the small Florentine highways.’
    • ‘The group's six serenely delicious Florentine properties and its Tuscan idyll will be joined by the much-anticipated Suites in Via Condotti, in Rome, this year.’
    • ‘From the fourteenth century onwards, Spanish lustreware had been the tableware of choice in Italy, and in the fifteenth century Florentine families above all commissioned services from Spain emblazoned with their arms.’
    • ‘With a strictly observed timetable, I managed to have a very satisfying Florentine experience in only three days, but such an intensive injection of culture is exhausting.’
    • ‘Novelist and aesthetician, she lived in her mother's Florentine villa with her, but took wing for a season each year to spend some time in London, where she was an accepted figure on the literary scene.’
    • ‘Dan Hill was intrigued by a sentence in Hammersley's Florentine adventures: ‘There are eight storey apartment blocks built in 1250!’’
    • ‘Her work rests on a creative interpretation of sociohistorical information, much of it primary material gleaned from archival sources, specifically from Florentine archives.’
    • ‘His father, a notary, showed some of them to a friend of Andrea del Verrocchio's, the leading sculptor of the day, and in the late 1460s, Leonardo entered the latter's Florentine workshop.’
    • ‘He traced Piero's sources in Sienese and Florentine painting and speculated on his influence in Ferrara and Venice with unparalleled delicacy and subtlety.’
    • ‘The valley walls are dragged with colour like the fly leaves of Florentine books; the needle peaks thread the clouds and the Spiti river runs the same colour as the local turquoise around the necks of the women in the villages.’
    • ‘This is no inhabitant of heaven, but flesh and blood - a callow, ruddy-cheeked Florentine youth who, distracted by the emotion of the moment, has allowed his music to fall.’
    • ‘In addition, the gold florin, the local coin minted by Florentine guilds, became the standard currency of Europe and one of the first since Roman times to be used so widely.’
    • ‘An Italian academic, Giorgio Stabile, a professor of the history of science at La Sapienza University, claimed recently to have found evidence of its use in the records of Florentine merchants nearly 500 years ago.’
    • ‘In the film's climactic scene, emissaries from Renaissance Italy, at first disdainful of these eastern barbarians, witness the casting of a giant bronze bell, a triumph of Russian craft to compare with Florentine or Venetian ingenuity.’
    • ‘The dragon motif was not unprecedented in contemporary Florentine metalwork, as it appears on the reliquary Lorenzo Ghiberti and his workshop made for the arm of Saint Andrew at Citta di Castello in about 1420.’
    • ‘Piecing together her reports on her researches into Florentine politics and history is a bit like working through a history of the Medici as rewritten by an Asian James Joyce.’
    • ‘Not only do the voices in the journal bear no mark of an illiterate 16 th-century shepherd or 15 th-century Florentine teenager; they do not even sound like the voice of an early 20 th-century art historian.’
    • ‘With multiple functions - dam, roadway and royal pavilion - the two-storey covered bridge and its archways look almost Florentine.’
    • ‘Donald Sassoon has written an entertaining study in which he traces how the rather unprepossessing Florentine face of La Giaconda became a global icon.’
  • 2postpositive (of food) served or prepared on a bed of spinach.

    ‘eggs florentine’
    • ‘Eggs Benedict and eggs florentine with hollandaise sauce are also a must, so you'll have to keep going back for more.’
    • ‘The eggs Benedict florentine is a whole new presentation.’
    • ‘My favourite was the filet of sole Florentine, which consisted of a piece of sole rolled around a stuffing of spinach and herbs, served with slightly undercooked rice.’
    • ‘For lunch, there's a range of classic choices including filled focaccia and eggs florentine.’
    • ‘Alexander's veal florentine was quickly delivered, as were other tasty dishes for the others.’
    • ‘The oysters florentine were okay, but not really good enough.’


  • 1A native or citizen of Florence.

    • ‘This Florentine's life was as tragic as it was restless.’
    • ‘Biller concludes with a chapter on the later history of Florence in order to show how medieval thought about the ‘multitudes’ influenced the lessons learned by lay Florentines and applied to their world and city views.’
    • ‘This allowed them to see patterns in the evidence that the Florentines could never have spotted (having neither the interest nor the time): patterns of marriage, life cycle, family, gender, and the division of labour.’
    • ‘At its best, this care in translating captures the ‘extraordinary loftiness’ that Coluccio Salutati praised in his fellow Florentine.’
    • ‘The panels were carved in the 1450s, mostly by a Florentine called Agostino di Duccio, who was working in Rimini for the local warlord.’
    • ‘Ficino, who died in 1499, was the Florentine given the job of making Plato and Aristotle seem like they were precursors to Christ.’
    • ‘In Machiavelli's time, the preacher Savonarola had Florentines burning books and works of art in the streets to purge Italy of what he saw as the corrupting influence of humanism.’
    • ‘But if the Florentines of today can call upon the ingenuity of their predecessors, not the least of them Leonardo, they will find the solutions, and the lady may yet achieve another brilliant rebirth.’
    • ‘The Florentines marvelled at the extraordinary collection of classical books that John VIII and his scholarly retinue had brought with them from Constantinople.’
    • ‘The whole event fizzes with a kind of glamour that would seem equally at home in Italian Vogue or Wired, and the audience, a weird mix of computer nerds, fashionistas and alternative Florentines, seems to love it.’
    • ‘The city is home to many great works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Giotto and Florentines are justifiably proud of their city's place in the annals of Italian art history.’
    • ‘His only connections seem to have been indirect, formed by associations with other Florentines known to have supported the monastery, including one of the monastery's most important benefactors of the late trecento.’
    • ‘A tall and dignified Florentine whose distinguished bearing belied his humble background, he suddenly decided to become a journalist after taking a degree in law and pursuing a successful career with Olivetti.’
    • ‘All the Florentines seem to have mustered up is an exhibition of 40 pictures of the Scottish capital to be opened at the end of October by the lord provost of Edinburgh at the British Institute.’
    • ‘The procession of October 16, 1390, was held at a time when the Florentines were in conflict with the Sienese, Giangaleazzo Visconti and his Milanese army, and were concerned about the plague.’
    • ‘It is classic comfort food, but even the most elegant of the city's restaurants serve it - without this dish on the menu, a Florentine feels slightly panicked, as if his safety-net had been snatched away.’
    • ‘There is certainly no evidence that 15 th-century Florentines saw the elevation in this way.’
  • 2A cookie consisting mainly of nuts and preserved fruit, coated on one side with chocolate.

    • ‘While Lippi was completing the Strozzi commission, Florentines were listening to Savonarola inveighing against the deceitful seductions of modern painters.’
    • ‘She also had a square of home-baked Florentine.’
    • ‘I decided to do more of a florentine cookie, but stick with the cream.’


Middle English (as a noun): from French Florentin(e) or Latin Florentinus, from Florentia ‘Florence’.