Definition of Italian in English:

Italian

Syllabification: I·tal·ian
Pronunciation: /iˈtalyən
 
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noun

1A native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.
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  • Nor was there any question here of native Italians drafting their own constitution.
  • The Italians at least showed us what a national anthem should be all about.
  • Alessandro was also a firm believer that all Italians should live under Italian rule.
2The Romance language of Italy, also one of the official languages of Switzerland.
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  • She had been tutored by John Aylmer and she spoke French, Greek, Latin and Italian fluently.
  • The French actors spoke French, the Italian actors spoke Italian and the boys spoke English.
  • Naturally I couldn't say as I don't speak Italian or whatever language they were berating me in.

adjective

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Relating to Italy, its people, or their language.
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  • Deschamps brought in older players from Italy and also Italian coaches in that first year.
  • He even knows two British guys who run an Italian cookery school in Italy.
  • I have many friends in Italy and Italian football after playing all those years.

Origin

late Middle English: from Italian italiano, from Italia 'Italy'.

Derivatives

Italianize

verb
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  • After taking the post of general surveyor of royal building Jones began the Italianizing of medieval London.
  • The chocolate-hazelnut gelato is yet another argument for Italianizing one's first name.
  • Consider Italianizing your bedroom for springtime by getting rid of your ‘dusty’ dust ruffle, that frilly flounce around the base of your bed.

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