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amoretto

[am-uh-ret-oh; Italian ah-maw-ret-taw] /ˌæm əˈrɛt oʊ; Italian ˌɑ mɔˈrɛt tɔ/
noun, plural amoretti
[am-uh-ret-ee; Italian ah-maw-ret-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɛt i; Italian ˌɑ mɔˈrɛt ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
a little cupid.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Italian, equivalent to amor(e) love (< Latin amōrem, accusative of amor) + -etto -et; cf. amour
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amoretto

/ˌæməˈrɛtəʊ/
noun (pl) -retti (-ˈrɛtɪ), -rini (-ˈriːnɪ)
1.
(esp in painting) a small chubby naked boy representing a cupid Also called putto
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, diminutive of Amore Cupid, from Latin Amor Love
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n.

1590s, from Italian, literally "little love," a diminutive of amore "love" (see Amy). This word was variously applied to love sonnets, cupids, etc. Also cf. Amaretto.

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