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cicerone

[sis-uh-roh-nee, chich-uh-; Italian chee-che-raw-ne] /ˌsɪs əˈroʊ ni, ˌtʃɪtʃ ə-; Italian ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ nɛ/
noun, plural cicerones Italian, ciceroni
[chee-che-raw-nee] /ˌtʃi tʃɛˈrɔ ni/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who conducts sightseers; guide.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; Italian < Latin Cicerōnem, accusative of Cicerō Cicero, the guide being thought of as having the knowledge and eloquence of Cicero
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  • Each waiter is a trained cicerone, which is basically a sommelier for beer.
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cicerone

/ˌsɪsəˈrəʊnɪ; ˌtʃɪtʃ-/
noun (pl) -nes, -ni (-nɪ)
1.
a person who conducts and informs sightseers; a tour guide
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: antiquarian scholar, guide, after Cicero, alluding to the eloquence and erudition of these men
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Word Origin and History for cicerone
n.

"a local guide in Italy," 1726, from Italian cicerone, from Latin Ciceronem, from the name of the great Roman orator (see Ciceronian). Perhaps in reference to the loquacity of the guides.

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