Definitions

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

  • n. A meeting for conversation or discussion, especially about art.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formal gathering where something related to the arts is discussed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A meeting or assembly for conversation, particularly on literary or scientific subjects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A meeting for conversation, particularly on literary subjects.

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin conversātiō, conversātiōn-, dealings with persons, from conversātus, past participle of conversārī, to associate with; see converse1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After the play we were introduced to the assembly, which they call the conversazione: there were many people playing at ombre, pharaoh, and a game called taroc, with cards so high, (174) to the number of seventy-eight.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 1

  • I went to his conversazione, which is very far superior to any thing of the kind at Venice -- the women almost all young -- several pretty -- and the men courteous and cleanly.

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 4 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • The last two seem to have very little in common with the addiction to singing and dancing characteristic of the rest, and are the only ones who can be imagined as feeling themselves at home in a modern museum, excepting on those evenings when the authorities use the museum (as is the custom in London) for a "conversazione," enlivened by brass bands and songs.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

  • Mr. Prouty, the _Saturday Reviewer_, sat on a "conversazione" with Lady

    The King's Men A Tale of To-morrow

  • At a conversazione held last year at Columbia University, and at a recent meeting of the American Society of Electrical Engineers, his mercury-vapor lamp was exhibited — the practical culmination of research in a new field in electro-physics.

    Origin of Rhodes Scholarship, Defending Marconi, Rich Inventors

  • Regarding the Salon delle conversazione: in describing the term salon, Alberti alludes to its derivation (he believes) from saltare, to dance, "because that was where the gaiety of weddings and banquets took place."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Evenings at his court were filled with music and dancing in the Salon delle conversazione, as Castiglione details.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Translated as "holy conversation" or "sacred conversation," the sacra conversazione arose because Renaissance painters sought new ways of depicting the ubiquitous theme of the Madonna and child with various saints.

    Sacred Conversation

  • The sacra conversazione also suggests our great spiritual potential.

    Sacred Conversation

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    Sacred Conversation

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