lazzaroni

Lazzaroni

Laz`za*ro"ni\ (?; It. ?), n. pl. [It. lazzarone, pl. lazzaroni.] The homeless idlers of Naples who live by chance work or begging; -- so called from the Hospital of St. Lazarus, which serves as their refuge. [Written also, but improperly, lazaroni.]
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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