Amoretti



a little cupid.
Historical Examples

Mosto reads focine, which is amended by amoretti to foscine.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522 Antonio Pigafetta

Papponi, (of whom amoretti writes,) a man of such susceptibility, was cured of convulsive attacks by change of place.
Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 S.M. Fuller

amoretti conjectures that Pigafetta means the fusiniere, boats named after Fusine whence people are ferried to Venice.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522 Antonio Pigafetta

Some of the ‘amoretti’ were doubtless addressed by Spenser in 1593 to the lady who became his wife a year later.
A Life of William Shakespeare Sidney Lee

noun (pl) -retti (-ˈrɛtɪ), -rini (-ˈriːnɪ)
(esp in painting) a small chubby naked boy representing a cupid Also called putto
n.

1590s, from Italian, literally “little love,” a diminutive of amore “love” (see Amy). This word was variously applied to love sonnets, cupids, etc. Also cf. Amaretto.

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