Casanova



Giovanni Jacopo
[jaw-vahn-nee yah-kaw-paw] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/ (Show IPA), 1725–98, Italian adventurer and writer.
a man with a reputation for having many amorous adventures; rake; Don Juan.
Contemporary Examples

Bettina von Hase reports from the Ridotto, where Casanova once roamed.
A Night in Venice With The Daily Beast Bettina Von Hase June 3, 2009

His memoirs led Campagnol to a convent at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli on Murano, where Mr. Casanova had a lover.
The Venetian Nuns Who Ditched Their Habits for High Fashion Liza Foreman September 13, 2014

Legendary Italian seducer Casanova is rumored to have eaten more than fifty oysters a day to boost his sexual prowess.
Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt February 12, 2014

The Spanish star plays a sociopath in his cinematic reunion with Pedro Almodóvar—and a Casanova feline in Puss in Boots.
Antonio Banderas’s Homecomings Maria Elena Fernandez October 10, 2011

There have always been some people who had far more sex partners than others (historically, Casanova; today, Tiger Woods).
Does Your Sex Number Matter? Debby Herbenick PhD September 29, 2011

Historical Examples

Casanova entreats their excellencies not to refuse the poor wretch this gift.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

He was still holding Casanova’s hands, and he pressed them fondly.
Casanova’s Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler

Not till he heard the voice, did Casanova recognize who it was.
Casanova’s Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler

He laughed good-humoredly, and made as if to help Casanova into the carriage.
Casanova’s Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler

It is a historical fact that Casanova visited Voltaire at Ferney.
Casanova’s Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler

noun
Giovanni Jacopo (dʒoˈvanni ˈjaːkopo). 1725–98, Italian adventurer noted for his Mémoires, a vivid account of his sexual adventures and of contemporary society
any man noted for his amorous adventures; a rake
n.

“man of carnal adventures, connoisseur of seduction,” 1888, from Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seignalt (1725-1798), the infamous debaucher. His name could be Englished as Jacob Jerome Newhouse, which is somewhat less romantic.

noun

A ladies’ man and seducer; lover-boy: Do ravish me, you wicked casanova you

[1880s+; fr the name of Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, 1725–98, a writer and legendary debaucher]

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