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[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)
a person who conducts sightseers; guide.
Origin of cicerone
1720-30; Italian < Latin Cicerōnem, accusative of Cicerō Cicero, the guide being thought of as having the knowledge and eloquence of Cicero Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for cicerone
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  • The French family had brought a fat, smiling abb as cicerone.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • Having introduced us, she desired him to act as cicerone to me until I was tired.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Any man, Mrs. Dale, would feel important as your cicerone, and in company with Mrs. Gower.

    A Romance of Toronto Annie Gregg Savigny
  • Not at all, it was the call of the cicerone who had something to impart.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • We went for a drive with M. Mathias, who will be our cicerone here, as he knows Stockholm well.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • He had, of course, much to see, and it was a delight to me to be his cicerone.

    William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
  • I must needs take a cicerone, and run to gaze at the frescoes.'

    A Sportsman's Sketches Ivan Turgenev
  • In doing so we are in the hands of a cicerone who is not satisfied to speak by rote.

  • East was great in the character of cicerone; he carried Tom through the great gates, where were only two or three boys.

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
  • "With your permission, Walter, I will take the part of cicerone," said the new voice.

    The Wizard's Son, vol. 3 Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for cicerone


/ˌsɪsəˈrəʊnɪ; ˌtʃɪtʃ-/
noun (pl) -nes, -ni (-nɪ)
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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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