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A guide for ELL (English Language Learners) at the University of Maine at Augusta

Casanova: Meaning & Pop Culture Origin

“Casanova” is a term that means “womanizer” or “lady’s man.”  It is a man who has many female lovers.   


It comes from the last name of a famous 18 century Italian explorer, Giacomo Casanova, who had many female lovers and wrote about them in his memoirs.  


So if a man is involved romantically with many women, you may hear a phrase like, “He is a real Casanova.”   

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