la gioconda

Gioconda, La

[lah joh-kon-duh, jee-uh-; Italian lah jaw-kawn-dah]
noun
2.
an opera (1876) by Amilcare Ponchielli.
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Mona Lisa

[moh-nuh lee-suh, lee-zuh]
noun
Italian La Gioconda. a portrait (1503?–05?) by Leonardo da Vinci.
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Mona Lisa (ˈməʊnə ˈliːzə)
 
n
Also called: La Gioconda a portrait of a young woman painted by Leonardo da Vinci, admired for her enigmatic smile

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Mona Lisa
1923, in ref. to an enigmatic smile or expression, one like that in Leonardo DaVinci's painting. First attested in D.H. Lawrence.
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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.

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