Definition of Italian in English:
Relating to Italy, its people, or their language.
- 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.
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1A native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.
- 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.
2 [mass noun] The Romance language of Italy, descended from Latin and with roughly 60 million speakers worldwide. It is also one of the official languages of Switzerland.
- 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.
late Middle English: from Italian italiano, from Italia 'Italy'.
- Example sentences
- He was also a soldier in the intelligence corps who volunteered for action in North Africa and, as a respected captain and distinguished Italianist, ultimately accepted the surrender of Italy during the Second World War.
- In fact, he begins, in what might be his strongest chapter, by taking to task Italianists who study ‘literature of emigration’ in a rather single-minded way.
Italianize (also Italianise) verb
- Example sentences
- 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.
Definition of Italian in:
- US English dictionary