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DI British & World English

(In the UK) Defence Intelligence

di-2 British & World English

Variant spelling of dis- shortened before l, m, n, r, s (followed by a consonant), and v; also often shortened before g, and sometimes before j.

di-3 British & World English

Variant spelling of dia- shortened before a vowel (as in dielectric).

di-1 British & World English

Twice; two-; double

dia- British & World English

Through; across

dinky-di British & World English

Another term for dinkum.

la-di-da British & World English

Pretentious or snobbish in manner or speech

la-di-da English Thesaurus

a la-di-da Cambridge graduate

messa di voce British & World English

A gradual crescendo and diminuendo on a sustained note, especially in singing.

Monte di Pietà British & World English

In Italy: a Church or State-funded lending house or pawnshop; = Mount of Piety.

Capo di Monte British & World English

A type of porcelain first produced at the Capo di Monte palace near Naples in the mid 18th century, generally white with richly coloured rococo decoration

Reggio di Calabria British & World English

A port at the southern tip of the ‘toe’ of Italy, on the Strait of Messina; population 185,621 (2008). The original settlement was founded about 720 bc by Greek colonists as Rhegion (Latin Rhegium)

capo di tutti capi British & World English

A person who runs every branch of the Mafia in a region.

maestro di cappella British & World English

In Italy: the chief musician at a chapel; a choirmaster.

Di Stefano, Alfredo British & World English

(1926–2014), Argentinian-born Spanish footballer. He played as a forward in Argentina and Colombia, then for Spain and Real Madrid, with whom he won the European Cup in each of its first five seasons (1956–60)

Lampedusa, Giuseppe Tomasi di British & World English

(1896–1957), Italian novelist. His only novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) was originally rejected by publishers but won worldwide acclaim on its posthumous publication in 1958

tri-D British & World English

= tri-dimensional; with capital initial, a trademark in the U.S. for a range of computer equipment.

dinki-di in dinky-di British & World English

Another term for dinkum.

har de har British & World English

Representing laughter, chiefly used sarcastically as a mirthless or disparaging response to a remark intended to be funny or witty. Also as noun and attributive.

lah-di-dah in la-di-da British & World English

Pretentious or snobbish in manner or speech

disubstituted British & World English

(Of a molecule) having two substituent groups

Lassus, Orlande de British & World English

(Circa 1532–94), Flemish composer; Italian name Orlando di Lasso. A notable composer of polyphonic music, he wrote over 2,000 secular and sacred works

Paolo di Dono in Uccello, Paolo British & World English

(Circa 1397–1475), Italian painter; born Paolo di Dono. His paintings are associated with the early use of perspective and include The Rout of San Romano (circa 1454-7) and A Hunt in a Forest (after 1460), one of the earliest known paintings on canvas

Guido di Pietro in Angelico, Fra British & World English

(Circa 1400–55), Italian painter and Dominican friar; born Guido di Pietro; monastic name Fra Giovanni da Fiesole. Notable works: the frescoes in the convent of San Marco, Florence (circa 1438–47)

Andrea di Cione in Orcagna British & World English

(Circa 1308–68), Italian painter, sculptor, and architect; born Andrea di Cione. His paintings include frescoes and an altarpiece in the church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence (1357)

Agnolo di Cosimo in Bronzino, Agnolo British & World English

(1503–72), Italian mannerist painter; born Agnolo di Cosimo. He spent most of his career in Florence as court painter to Cosimo de' Medici. Notable works: Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time (circa 1546)

Giotto di Bondone in Giotto1 British & World English

(Circa 1267–1337), Italian painter; full name Giotto di Bondone. He introduced a naturalistic style showing human expression. Notable works include the frescoes in the Arena Chapel, Padua (1305-8), and the church of Santa Croce in Florence (circa 1320)

Orlando di Lasso in Lassus, Orlande de British & World English

(Circa 1532–94), Flemish composer; Italian name Orlando di Lasso. A notable composer of polyphonic music, he wrote over 2,000 secular and sacred works

Lido di Malamocco in Lido British & World English

An island reef off the coast of NE Italy, in the northern Adriatic. It separates the Lagoon of Venice from the Gulf of Venice. Full name Lido di Malamoccodɪ ˌmaləˈmɒkəʊ

Giovanni di Fidanza in Bonaventura, St British & World English

(1221–74), Franciscan theologian; born Giovanni di Fidanza; known as the Seraphic Doctor. He wrote the official biography of St Francis and had a lasting influence as a spiritual writer. Feast day, 15 (formerly 14) July

Duccio di Buoninsegna in Duccio British & World English

(Circa 1255-circa 1320), Italian painter, founder of the Sienese school of painting; full name Duccio di Buoninsegna. The only fully documented surviving work by him is the Maestà for the high altar of Siena cathedral (completed 1311)

Donato di Betto Bardi in Donatello British & World English

(1386–1466), Italian sculptor; born Donato di Betto Bardi. He was one of the pioneers of scientific perspective, and is especially famous for his lifelike sculptures, including the bronze David (circa 1430–60)

Giovanni di Bernardone in Francis of Assisi, St British & World English

(Circa 1181–1226), Italian monk, founder of the Franciscan order; born Giovanni di Bernardone. He founded the Franciscan order in 1209 and drew up its original rule (based on complete poverty). He is revered for his generosity, simple faith, humility, and love of nature. Feast day, 4 October

Michelozzo di Bartolommeo in Michelozzo British & World English

(1396–1472), Italian architect and sculptor; full name Michelozzo di Bartolommeo. In partnership with Ghiberti and Donatello he led a revival of interest in Roman architecture

Donato di Angelo Bramante in Bramante, Donato British & World English

(1444–1514), Italian architect; full name Donato di Angelo Bramante. As architect to Pope Julius II he drew up the first plan for the new St Peter’s (begun in 1506), instigating the concept of a huge central dome

Filippo di Ser Brunellesco in Brunelleschi, Filippo British & World English

(1377–1446), Italian architect; born Filippo di Ser Brunellesco. He is especially noted for the dome of Florence cathedral (1420–61), which he raised without the use of temporary supports. He is often credited with the Renaissance ‘discovery’ of perspective

Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi in Botticelli, Sandro British & World English

(1445–1510), Italian painter; born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. He worked in Renaissance Florence under the patronage of the Medicis. Botticelli is best known for his mythological works such as Primavera (circa 1478) and The Birth of Venus (circa 1480)

Domenico di Tommaso Bigordi in Ghirlandaio British & World English

(Circa 1448–94), Italian painter; born Domenico di Tommaso Bigordi. He is noted for his religious frescoes, particularly Christ Calling Peter and Andrew (1482-4) in the Sistine Chapel, Rome

Tommaso Giovanni di Simone Guidi in Masaccio British & World English

(1401–28), Italian painter; born Tommaso Giovanni di Simone Guidi. A pioneer in the application of the laws of perspective to painting, he is remembered particularly for his frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence (1424-7)

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli in Machiavelli, Niccolò British & World English

(1469–1527), Italian statesman and political philosopher; full name Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. His best-known work is The Prince (1532), which advises rulers that the acquisition and effective use of power may necessitate unethical methods

Rodolfo Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla in Valentino, Rudolph British & World English

(1895–1926), Italian-born American actor; born Rodolfo Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla. He played the romantic hero in silent films such as The Sheikh (1921)

Don Luchino Visconti, Conte di Modrone in Visconti, Luchino British & World English

(1906–76), Italian film and theatre director; full name Don Luchino Visconti, Conte di Modrone. His first film, Obsession (1943), was regarded as the forerunner of neorealism. Other films include The Leopard (1963) and Death in Venice (1971)