Vir*tu"(?; 277), n. [It. virt virtue, excellence, from L. virtus. See Virtue.] A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities. J. Spence.
An article of virtu,
a piece of virtu,
, an object of art or antiquity; a curiosity, such as those found in museums or private collections.
I had thoughts, in my chambers to place it in view,Goldsmith.
To be shown to my friends as a piece of virt.
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