Definition of Italian in English:


Line breaks: Ital|ian
Pronunciation: /ɪˈtaljən


  • 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.


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  • 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 real difference between the Italians and the other nations was discipline.
    • The Italians at least showed us what a national anthem should be all about.
  • 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.
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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.



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  • 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.


(also Italianise) 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.


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

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