Definition of Venetian in English:

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Venetian

Pronunciation: /vəˈnēSHən/

adjective

Relating to Venice or its people.
Example sentences
  • So this little wax portrait of the greatest Venetian painter and his son is a heartbreaking document.
  • But a major development in the 18th century was the internationalization of the patronage of Venetian painters.
  • The Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio pictured Saint Augustine seated at a table in a roomy study, pausing, his pen raised from the paper.

noun

1A native or citizen of Venice.
Example sentences
  • The harbourmaster should then lead the convoy up to Richmond, where the Venetians will moor up by Richmond Bridge Boathouse at 4pm.
  • Grotius' treatise started a war of words, to which the Portuguese, the French, the English, the Spanish and even the Venetians all contributed.
  • Francesco's attempt on Vicenza, a Venetian client state, gave the Venetians a pretext to invade in 1404.
1.1The dialect of Italian spoken in Venice.
Example sentences
  • Loosely translated into Venetian, it meant ‘Prodigal Child.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French Venicien, assimilated to medieval Latin Venetianus, from Latin Venetia 'Venice'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Ve·ne·tian

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