from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Italian noble family that produced three popes (Leo X, Clement VII, and Leo XI) and two queens of France (Catherine de Médicis and Marie de Médicis). Cosimo "the Elder” (1389-1464) was the first of the family to rule Florence. Lorenzo "the Magnificent” (1449-1492) was an outstanding patron of learning and the arts, whose clients included Michelangelo and Botticelli.
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- n. aristocratic Italian family of powerful merchants and bankers who ruled Florence in the 15th century
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