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Art: Francesco Casanova (Giacomo's younger brother) (1727-1803)

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Casanova

PRONUNCIATION:
(kas-uh-NO-vuh, kaz-)

MEANING:
noun: A man notorious for his many love affairs; a seducer.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), Italian adventurer, known for womanizing, whose memoirs describe his promiscuous affairs. Earliest documented use: 1888.

USAGE:
"I'm not a Casanova. I have too much respect for women and relationships to have frivolous affairs."
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye; I Don't Like the Casanova Tag: John Abraham; Daily News and Analysis (Mumbai, India); Sep 22, 2011.

See more usage examples of casanova in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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