The contraction of Giuseppe, and therefore equal to our Joe.
Husband of Laura, a Venetian lady. He was taken captive in Troy, turned
Turk, joined a band of pirates, grew rich, and, after several years'
absence, returned to his native land, where he discovered his wife at a
carnival ball with her cavaliero servente. He made himself known
to her, and they lived together again as man and wife. (Byron:
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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