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[kwah-troh-chen-toh; Italian kwaht-traw-chen-taw] /ˌkwɑ troʊˈtʃɛn toʊ; Italian ˌkwɑt trɔˈtʃɛn tɔ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
the 15th century, used in reference to the Italian art and literature of that time.
Origin of quattrocento
1870-75; < Italian, short for mil quattro cento 1400, occurring in the names of all the years from 1400 to 1499
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quattrocentist, noun Unabridged
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/ˌkwætrəʊˈtʃɛntəʊ; Italian kwattroˈtʃɛnto/
the 15th century, esp in reference to Renaissance Italian art and literature
Word Origin
Italian, shortened from milquattrocento 1400
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Word Origin and History for quattrocento

"the fifteenth century as a period in art and architecture," 1847, from Italian quattrocento, literally "four hundred," short for mille quattrocento "one thousand four hundred," in reference to a period beginning in "1400;" see four + hundred.

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