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Med·i·ci

 (mĕd′ə-chē′, mĕ′dē-)
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.

Med′i·ce′an (-chē′ən, -sē′-) adj.

Medici

(ˈmɛdɪtʃɪ; məˈdiːtʃɪ; Italian ˈmɛːditʃi)
n
1. (Biography) an Italian family of bankers, merchants, and rulers of Florence and Tuscany, prominent in Italian political and cultural history in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, including
2. (Biography) Catherine de'. See Catherine de' Medici
3. (Biography) Cosimo I (ˈkɔːzimo), known as Cosimo the Great. 1519–74, duke of Florence and first grand duke of Tuscany (1569–74)
4. (Biography) Cosimo de', known as Cosimo the Elder. 1389–1464, Italian banker, statesman, and patron of arts, who established the political power of the family in Florence (1434)
5. (Biography) Giovanni de'. See Leo X
6. (Biography) Giulio de'. See Clement VII
7. (Biography) Lorenzo de' (loˈrɛntso de), known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. 1449–92, Italian statesman, poet, and scholar; ruler of Florence (1469–92) and first patron of Michelangelo
8. (Biography) Maria de'. See Maria de' Medici
French name: Médicis

Med•i•ci

(ˈmɛd ɪ tʃi)

n.
1. Catherine de'. Catherine de Médicis.
2. Cosmo or Cosimode' ( “the Elder” ), 1389–1464, Italian banker and statesman.
3. Cosmo or Cosimode' ( “the Great” ), 1519–74, first grand duke of Tuscany.
4. Giovanni de', Leo X.
5. Giulio de', Clement VII.
6. Lorenzo de' ( “the Magnificent” ), 1449–92, ruler of Florence 1478–92.
7. Maria de', Marie de Médicis.
Med`i•ce′an (-ˈsi ən, -ˈtʃi ən) adj.
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Noun1.Medici - aristocratic Italian family of powerful merchants and bankers who ruled Florence in the 15th centuryMedici - aristocratic Italian family of powerful merchants and bankers who ruled Florence in the 15th century
house - aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
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Luckily he had no responsibilities; his father and his twin brother had died when he was yet a boy, and his mother, whose only noteworthy achievement had been the naming of her twin sons Marquis de Lafayette and Lorenzo de Medici Randall, had supported herself and educated her child by making coats up to the very day of her death.
Aurelia's share of the modest Sawyer property had been put into one thing after another by the handsome and luckless Lorenzo de Medici.
One of the painters at the Villa Medici had called him
To go out in the grand coach, perched upon a doorstep; to turn to the left, twist round to the right, over roads full of ruts, where we cannot exceed a league in two hours; and then to come back straight towards the wing of the castle in which is the window of Mary de Medici, so that Madame never fails to say: `Could one believe it possible that Mary de Medici should have escaped from that window -- forty-seven feet high?
They have a grand mausoleum in Florence, which they built to bury our Lord and Saviour and the Medici family in.
It would be the Venus de' Medici placed beside a milliner's doll.
And the like was done by that league (which Guicciardini saith was the security of Italy) made between Ferdinando King of Naples, Lorenzius Medici, and Ludovicus Sforza, potentates, the one of Florence, the other of Milan.
Did I ever tell you that my mother was lady of honor to Marie de Medici "
In the year 1800, toward the close of October, a foreigner, accompanied by a woman and a little girl, was standing for a long time in front of the palace of the Tuileries, near the ruins of a house recently pulled down, at the point where in our day the wing begins which was intended to unite the chateau of Catherine de Medici with the Louvre of the Valois.
and Marie de Medici, and the exquisite court-mourning for the afore-mentioned queen, together with a few words let fall by M.
Rare birds, retaining their most brilliant plumage, enormous fish, spread upon massive silver dishes, together with every wine produced in the Archipelago, Asia Minor, or the Cape, sparkling in bottles, whose grotesque shape seemed to give an additional flavor to the draught, -- all these, like one of the displays with which Apicius of old gratified his guests, passed in review before the eyes of the astonished Parisians, who understood that it was possible to expend a thousand louis upon a dinner for ten persons, but only on the condition of eating pearls, like Cleopatra, or drinking refined gold, like Lorenzo de' Medici.
Hers was a Norman beauty, fresh, high-colored, redundant, the flesh of Rubens covering the muscles of the Farnese Hercules, and not the slender articulations of the Venus de' Medici, Apollo's graceful consort.