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[sis-teen, -tin, -tahyn] /ˈsɪs tin, -tɪn, -taɪn/
of or relating to any pope named Sixtus.
Also, Sixtine.
Origin of Sistine
1860-65; < Italian Sistino, pertaining to Sisto man's name (< Latin Sextus (Medieval Latin Sixtus), special use of sextus sixth); see -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Sistine Madonna is the greatest ever produced, from every point of view.

    The Madonna in Art Estelle M. Hurll
  • On them was hung an exquisite engraving—the Sistine Madonna and Child.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Sibyls out of the Sistine were sitting on the steps of the churches.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • She would not have him sent for—he never liked to be disturbed when he was at the Sistine.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • It is performed only in the Sistine Chapel, and those who have heard it never forget the grand and solemn impression it produces.

Word Origin and History for Sistine

1769, literally "pertaining to Pope Sixtus," from Italian sistino, from Sixtus, name of five popes, from Latin sextus "sixth" (see Sextus). The "chapel" is named for Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere), pope 1471-84, who had it built. The painting by Raphael known as the Sistine Madonna is so called because it also shows Sixtus II, a 3c. martyr and saint; it is better known now for the two cherubs at the bottom of the picture who by 1900 were well-known in isolation from the rest of the picture in engravings, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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