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Gioconda, La

[lah joh-kon-duh, jee-uh-; Italian lah jaw-kawn-dah] /ˌlɑ dʒoʊˈkɒn də, ˌdʒi ə-; Italian lɑ dʒɔˈkɔn dɑ/
noun
1.
2.
an opera (1876) by Amilcare Ponchielli.

Mona Lisa

[moh-nuh lee-suh, lee-zuh] /ˈmoʊ nə ˈli sə, ˈli zə/
noun
1.
Italian La Gioconda. a portrait (1503?–05?) by Leonardo da Vinci.
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Examples from the Web for la gioconda
Historical Examples
  • For composition he was put, shortly after his entrance, with Ponchielli, the composer of la gioconda.

    Giacomo Puccini Wakeling Dry
  • Of them all Ponchielli owed him most; his best opera is la gioconda.

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  • The opportunity for theatric climax is rare in la gioconda; but when it does come the effect is strong.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • We regret that we cannot give his reply; only the incomparable genius of the painter of la gioconda could do that.

  • The painter hesitated, but to his annoyance a courtier removed the veil, and la gioconda was revealed.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The artist had certain favourite stories for la gioconda; tales of travel, of natural phenomena, of plans for pictures.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The painter felt again that to speak of la gioconda to this indifferent affable young monarch was impossible.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • As he did so she bent quickly, and he felt that la gioconda touched his hair with her lips.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Gabriele d'Annunzio's la gioconda is a four-act tragedy of power, beauty, and horror.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • Leonardo had barely time to cover the portrait of la gioconda; this he always did if he expected strangers.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
British Dictionary definitions for la gioconda

Mona Lisa

/ˈməʊnə ˈliːzə/
noun
1.
a portrait of a young woman painted by Leonardo da Vinci, admired for her enigmatic smile Also called La Gioconda
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Word Origin and History for la gioconda

Mona Lisa

from 1923, in reference to an enigmatic smile or expression like that in Leonardo DaVinci's painting. First attested in D.H. Lawrence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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la gioconda in Culture

Mona Lisa definition


A painting by Leonardo da Vinci of a woman with a mysterious smile. It is one of the most readily recognized paintings in the world.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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