fantoccini
noun plural Etymology: Italian, plural of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio doll, augmentative of fante child, from Latin infant-, infans infant Date: 1771 a puppet show using puppets operated by strings or mechanical devices; also such puppets

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  • Fantoccini — Fan toc*ci ni, n. pl. [It., dim. fr. fante child.] Puppets caused to perform evolutions or dramatic scenes by means of machinery; also, the representations in which they are used. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fantoccini — (ital., spr. Fantotschïni), in andern Ländern meist Polichinel), tragbares, 4eckiges Gerüst von leichtem Lattenwerk, mit Tüchern verhängt, oben ist ein Viereck offen, welches ein Theater bildet. Unter dem Gerüst ist ein Mensch verborgen, welcher… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • FANTOCCINI — s. m. pl. (On prononce Fantotchini. ) Terme emprunté de l italien, qui se dit Des marionnettes auxquelles on fait exécuter des scènes sur un théâtre. Il y a un spectacle de fantoccini à la foire. Aller voir les fantoccini …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • fantoccini — (fan to tchi ni) s. m. plur. Marionnettes auxquelles on fait exécuter des scènes sur un théâtre. Aller voir les fantoccini. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Ital. fantoccino, marionnette, au plur. fantoccini, diminutif de fante, jeune garçon, serviteur, aphérèse de …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • fantoccini — ˌfäntəˈchēnē, ˌfan noun plural Etymology: Italian, plural of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio doll, lay figure, aug. of fante servant, boy, child, from Latin infant , infans infant more at infant 1. : puppets moved by strings or mechanical… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fantoccini — fan·toc·ci·ni (fän tə chēʹnē) pl.n. 1. Puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means. 2. A show using such puppets.   [Italian, pl. of fantoccino diminutive of fantoccio, puppet augmentative of fante, child, short for infante …   Universalium

  • fantoccini — n. marionettes, puppets; marionette theater; puppet show …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fantoccini — fan·toc·ci·ni …   English syllables

  • fantoccini — /fæntəˈtʃini/ (say fantuh cheenee) plural noun 1. puppets operated by concealed wires or strings. 2. dramatic representations in which they are used. {Italian, plural of fantoccino, diminutive of fantoccio puppet, from fante boy, from Latin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fantoccini —   n. pl. marionettes …   Dictionary of difficult words

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