[kwah-troh-chen-toh; Italian kwaht-traw-chen-taw]
noun (often initial capital letter)
the 15th century, used in reference to the Italian art and literature of that time.

1870–75; < Italian, short for mil quattro cento 1400, occurring in the names of all the years from 1400 to 1499

quattrocentist, noun
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quattrocento (ˌkwætrəʊˈtʃɛntəʊ, Italian kwattroˈtʃɛnto)
the 15th century, esp in reference to Renaissance Italian art and literature
[Italian, shortened from milquattrocento 1400]

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1875, "the fifteenth century as a period in art and architecture," from It., lit. "four hundred," short for mille quattrocento "one thousand four hundred."
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