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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)
nFrench name: Médicis
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
Med•i•ci(ˈmɛd ɪ tʃi)
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.