Definition of Machiavelli, Niccolò in English:

Machiavelli, Niccolò

(also a Machiavelli)

Pronunciation /ˌmäkēəˈvelē/ /ˌmɑkiəˈvɛli/

proper noun

  • (1469–1527), Italian statesman and political philosopher; full name Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. His best-known work is The Prince (1532), which advises rulers that the acquisition and effective use of power may necessitate unethical methods.


  • A person perceived as prepared to use unethical means to gain an advantage.