cicerones

cicerone

[sis-uh-roh-nee, chich-uh-; Italian chee-che-raw-ne]
noun, plural cicerones Italian, ciceroni [chee-che-raw-nee] .
a person who conducts sightseers; guide.

Origin:
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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cicerone (ˌsɪsəˈrəʊnɪ, ˌtʃɪtʃ-)
 
n , pl -nes, -ni
a person who conducts and informs sightseers; a tour guide
 
[C18: from Italian: antiquarian scholar, guide, after Cicero, alluding to the eloquence and erudition of these men]

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cicerone
"a local guide in Italy," 1726, from It., from L. Ciceronem, from the name of the great Roman orator (see Cicero). Perhaps in ref. to the loquacity of the guides.
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