Pronounced: PWIS-uhnt (alt: PYOO-uh-suhnt), adj

Notes: Not what I thought

Yesterday’s word

The word cicerone means “a person who conducts sightseers; a guide”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1700s

Background / Comments

This is an Italian word. Because it has Italian background, the proper plural is ciceroni (just like the proper plural of concerto is concerti). However, just like concertos is often used as the plural of concerto, cicerones is also an acceptable plural of cicerone. Our word comes from the Italian word Cicerōnem, which is the accusative form of the name Cicerō; guides were thought to have the knowledge and eloquence of Cicero.

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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