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[awr-vee-ey-toh, -et-oh; Italian awr-vye-taw] /ˌɔr viˈeɪ toʊ, -ˈɛt oʊ; Italian ɔrˈvyɛ tɔ/
a white wine, from dry to sweet, from Umbria, Italy.
Origin of Orvieto
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Never had so many nudes been seen in one composition except in the Last Judgment at Orvieto.

    Michelangelo Romain Rolland
  • The singer he mentions is Erminia Frezzolini, born at Orvieto in 1818.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • Orvieto's authorities would be questioning everyone, and Ugolini could not control what his servants might say.

  • In addition to these poems I have many letters which she wrote from Orvieto and Viterbo.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • She dared not even let herself imagine the horrors, the torments that would end her life if those people in Orvieto found her out.

  • It will take more time to muster an army and march on Orvieto.

  • Orvieto was another place where tarsia work was made at an early date, but the craftsmen were all Sienese.

    Intarsia and Marquetry F. Hamilton Jackson
  • It was not actually a pit, but a crevice in the face of the cliff on which Orvieto was built.

  • In these two last paintings we get a hint of the great work that was to come three years later—at Orvieto.

    Luca Signorelli Maud Cruttwell
  • Daoud wanted to go to Siena to hasten the Ghibellino attack on Orvieto.

British Dictionary definitions for Orvieto


/Italian orˈvjɛːto/
a market town in central Italy, in Umbria: Etruscan remains. Pop: 20 705 (2001) Latin name Urbs Vetus (ˈʊəbz ˈviːtəs)
a light white wine from this region
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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