Definitions

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

  • n. A guide for sightseers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A guide who shows people around tourist sights.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who shows strangers the curiosities of a place; a guide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as ciceronize.
  • n. In Italy, one who acts as a guide in exhibiting and explaining antiquities, curiosities, etc.; hence, in general, one who explains the interesting features or associations or the curiosities of a place; a guide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a guide who conducts and informs sightseers

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin Cicerō, Cicerōn-, Marcus Tullius Cicero.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian cicerone, from Latin Cicero, the Roman orator. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Derived from the ancient Roman orator and writer Marcus Tullius Cicero, “the word cicerone has been used in England for 400 years to indicate a knowledgeable and learned guide,” Daniels noted.

    Beer: Guides named for Cicero

  • Mr. Henry, * my host and very able cicerone, is an American missionary, and as such carries with him the gospel of peace on earth and good will to men.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • All such questions became vital to Rachel Mott when NASA employed her to act as a kind of cicerone to the families of the six new astronauts.

    Space

  • I was looking up synonyms for ‘guide’ in a thesaurus when lo and behold, I saw the word ‘cicerone.’

    Beer: Guides named for Cicero

  • The requirements to become a “certified cicerone” are more stringent.

    Beer: Guides named for Cicero

  • As always, Chamberlain is that rare cicerone for the reader, displaying learning, empathy, and deep understanding on every page.

    Cover to Cover

  • Sir James; but though he was fortunate enough to find a zealous and well-informed cicerone in Mr. Thomas Haddow, and had every assistance from the kindness of Mr. Alexander Finlay, the resident

    Castle Dangerous

  • A friend of the author, well acquainted with the circumstances of the battle, was standing near this large stone, and looking on the scene around, when a highland shepherd hurried down from the hill to offer his services as cicerone, and proceeded to inform him, that Dundee was slain at that stone, which was raised to his memory.

    The Abbot

  • I sallied from Castle Treddles, determined to make the best of my way to Duntarkin, and my cicerone hung by me for a little way, giving loose to his love of talking — an opportunity which, situated as he was, the seneschal of a deserted castle, was not likely to occur frequently.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • “But,” said my cicerone, “you may halt a blink till next morning at the Treddles Arms, a very decent house, scarce a mile off.”

    Chronicles of the Canongate

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  • "I had no convenient cicerone in the pattern of the Utopian books."
    H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

    December 17, 2008