from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The 17th century with reference to Italian literature and art.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Italian art and literature, the seventeenth century considered as the period of certain styles and certain masters. It succeeds the cinque-cento, or sixteenth century.
Italian, from (mille) seicento, (one thousand) six hundred : sei, six (from Latin sex) + cento, hundred (from Latin centum).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)