from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ciano, Conte Galeazzo 1903-1944. Italian fascist politician. Married (1930) to the daughter of Benito Mussolini, he urged Italy to join the Axis powers in World War II but later favored a separate peace with the Allies. Among those who called for Mussolini's resignation, he was tried for treason and executed on Mussolini's orders.


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