Italian

Definitions

  • From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales
    From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Italian of or pertaining to or characteristic of Italy or its people or culture or language "Italian cooking"
    • n Italian the Romance language spoken in Italy
    • n Italian a native or inhabitant of Italy
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Late 17th-century Italian maiolica bowls excavated at Jamestown Late 17th-century Italian maiolica bowls excavated at Jamestown
THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW THE ITALIAN WAS SO HORRIFIED AND DISMAYED TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED THAT HE FORGOT WHAT LITTLE ENGLISH HE KNEW
Italian Gothic Architecture Italian Gothic Architecture
ITALIAN CHAIR ITALIAN CHAIR
11. Italian harpsichord (1693): Full view of instrument in outer case 11. Italian harpsichord (1693): Full view of instrument in outer case
Italian harpsichord (1693): 12. Plan view Italian harpsichord (1693): 12. Plan view
Italian sailing ship. 15th century.- English ship. Time of Richard II Italian sailing ship. 15th century.- English ship. Time of Richard II
THE ITALIAN ORGAN-GRINDER THE ITALIAN ORGAN-GRINDER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tripolini pasta was named for the Italian conquest of Tripoli in Libya
    • Italian A native or inhabitant of Italy.
    • a Italian Of or pertaining to Italy, or to its people or language.
    • Italian The language used in Italy, or by the Italians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Italians do not drink espresso during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
    • Italian Of or pertaining to Italy, a country and kingdom of Europe, which comprises the central one of the three southern European peninsulas, together with the adjoining region northward to the Alps, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, etc.; pertaining to the inhabitants of Italy. The kingdom of Italy has developed from the former kingdom of Sardinia, which, through the events of 1859–60, annexed Lombardy, Tuscany, Modena, Parma, the kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and part of the Papal States, acquired Venetia in 1866, and finally Rome in 1870. The title of King of Italy was assumed by Victor Emmanuel II. of Sardinia in 1861.
    • n Italian A native of Italy, or one of the Italian race.
    • n Italian The language spoken by the inhabitants of Italy, whether the literary speech or one of the popular dialects.
    • n Italian Abbreviated It., Ital.
    • n Italian A member of a race of honey-bees imported into the United States from Italy and having at least three yellow bands across the abdomen when the latter is distended with honey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Latte is the Italian word for milk. So if you request a latte' in Italy, you'll be served milk.
    • adj Italian i-tal′yan of or relating to Italy or its people
    • n Italian a native of Italy: the language of Italy
    • vs.i Italian to play the Italian: to speak Italian
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Quotations

  • Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine%20Hepburn
    “The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.”
  • Charles V
    Charles V
    “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.”
  • Pope John XXIII
    Pope John XXIII
    “Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. italien, It. italiano,. Cf. Italic

Usage

In literature:

The Italian critic had transcribed what he and his Italian printer could not spell.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
We armed ourselves and declared war on the Italian army.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
For 1500 years the Holy See was the pivot of Italian history, and the source of the Italian influence in Europe.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
My doctor was, therefore, an Italian; and what was worse, he was an Italian monk.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Grounsell cursed their Italian indolence, and reviled every institution of their lazy land.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Soon after the Italian occupation in April 1939 the educational system came under complete Italian control.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
And the Italians our allies against Byzantium?
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
They thought they were trapping an Italian pilot and they knew just how the Italian boys flew.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
The Gothic servants and Italian slaves were busy concluding the day's work.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
All the roads were blocked, and the Italians delivered all whom they found with yellow hair into the hands of the Massagetae.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

And one o'er her the myrtle showers
Its leaves, by soft winds fann'd;
She faded midst Italian flowers,
The last of that bright band.
"The Graves Of A Household" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Oh the fairest flower in the Kaiser's garden
Is Rome and Italian land:
But it all shall fall to the little Baltung
When he shall take lance in hand.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
Italian skies--that I have never seen--
I see above.
(Ah, play again, my queen;
Thy fingers white
Fly swift and light
And weave for me the golden mesh of love.)
"To A Lady Playing The Harp" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
See French and Italian spread out on her lap ;
Then Dancing springs up, and skips into a gap ;
Next Drawing and all its varieties come,
Sewed down in their place by her finger and thumb.
"Accomplishment" by Jane Taylor
Come now, your footsteps turn awhile
Where brighter, milder seasons smile,
In soft Italian vales;
Where streamlets sparkle in the sun,
And gently ripple as they run,
Fann'd by the passing gales.
"Enigma XLIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
There sleeps beneath Italian skies
A lovely island rich in fame,
In days of old a longed-for prize,
And bearing still an honored name,--
A spot renowned from age to age,
An ancient Roman heritage;
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

DAVIDSON – You might be Italian if you have three cousins named Vinnie.
You might be Italian if your grandmother had and used three kitchens.
You might be Italian if your mom visits and bakes cookies for three days straight.
Clearly Elisabetta Canalis - the Italian hottie known for dating George Clooney - doesn't have a type, as she was spotted at an L.A.
The Italian beauty willingly went overboard as part of a publicity stunt with The Dictator star Sacha Baron Cohen outside the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, which is nestled between Nice and Cannes.
After two years together, notorious bachelor George Clooney has split from his Italian girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis .
Strong Entertainment Lighting introduces the 2,000W Canto followspot from the Italian manufacturer LDR (Luci della Ribalta).
Israeli Mousse, Italian Cappuccino .
Capra immigrated to the United States with his Italian parents at the age of 6.
Fiat Weighs Closing Another Italian Car Factory .
Museum exhibit includes eight paintings by Italian master and 50 by others influenced by him.
A new book on Palermo's stolen Caravaggio reignites an old debate on art, the Mafia, and the inefficiency of Italian authorities.
Caravaggio claims spark spat in Italian art world.
An Italian Antihero's Time to Shine.
Iman will probably appear on the cover of Italian Vogue 's first all-black issue.
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In science:

This work was supported by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (LISA Pathfinder contract), and the Italian Ministry of University and Research (PRIN 2008).
The interaction between stray electrostatic fields and a charged free-falling test mass
June 2009: the Italian Test and the Mathematics Test.
Joint Assessment of the Differential Item Functioning and Latent Trait Dimensionality of Students' National Tests
Italian Test, whereas it is reasonable for the Mathematics Test.
Joint Assessment of the Differential Item Functioning and Latent Trait Dimensionality of Students' National Tests
Italian Test, to the Grammar section of the same Test, and to the Mathematics Test.
Joint Assessment of the Differential Item Functioning and Latent Trait Dimensionality of Students' National Tests
Grammar Section of the Italian Test, and s = 1 group of items in the Mathematics Test.
Joint Assessment of the Differential Item Functioning and Latent Trait Dimensionality of Students' National Tests
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