Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Italian strolling musician who plays the piffero.

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Examples

  • In every city where Art is practised there are old gentlemen who never touched a pencil in their lives, but find the occupation and company of artists so agreeable that they are never out of the studios; follow one generation of painters after another; sit by with perfect contentment while Jack is drawing his pifferaro, or Tom designing his cartoon, and years afterwards when

    The Newcomes

  • His father is in the patriarchal line: he has himself done the cherubs, the shepherd-boys, and now is a grown man, and ready as a warrior, a pifferaro, a capuchin, or what you will.

    The Newcomes

  • Besides, the true _pifferaro_ wears his costume as if it belonged to him and had always been worn by him, -- so that it has none of that got-up look which spoils everything.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 18, April, 1859

  • She had lived with her father and sister in a queer old-fashioned, expatriated, artistic Bohemia, in the days when the aesthetic was only the academic and the painters who knew the best models for a contadina and pifferaro wore peaked hats and long hair.

    The Aspern Papers

  • Oh, the queer sense of the good old Capri of artistic legend, of which the name itself was, in the more benighted years -- years of the contadina and the pifferaro -- a bright evocation!

    Italian Hours

  • In every city where Art is practised there are old gentlemen who never touched a pencil in their lives, but find the occupation and company of artists so agreeable that they are never out of the studios; follow one generation of painters after another; sit by with perfect contentment while Jack is drawing his pifferaro, or Tom designing his cartoon, and years afterwards when Jack is established in Newman

    The Newcomes

  • a warrior, a pifferaro, a capuchin, or what you will.

    The Newcomes

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  • "Biffy was a man of principle. He refused, on principle, to sell a huge tricolored pifferaro bonnet decorated with a cascade of clove pinks, black currants, and cut jet beads to Mrs. Colindrikal-Bumbcruncher for her daughter."
    Timeless by Gail Carriger, p 18

    July 11, 2012

  • Also a style of hat in the late 1870s: per the Berg Dictionary of Fashion History it's a "hat with a short, chimney-pot crown trimmed with an aigrette in front."

    July 10, 2012