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Italy

It·a·ly

 (ĭt′l-ē)
1. A peninsula of southern Europe projecting into the Mediterranean Sea between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas.
2. A country of southern Europe comprising the peninsula of Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, and several smaller islands. It was settled in antiquity by Italic tribes, Etruscans, and Greek colonists, but from the fourth century bc became dominated by Rome, eventually forming the core of the Roman Empire. After ad 476, Italy was ruled by various Germanic tribes, local families, and popes. The 13th to 16th centuries saw a cultural flowering in such city-states as Pisa, Florence, and Venice that eventually spread throughout Europe as the Renaissance. Nationalism in the 19th century led to unification under King Victor Emmanuel II in 1870. Italy became a fascist state under Benito Mussolini, whose regime (1922-1943) was allied with Germany in World War II. After the war, Italy was reconstituted as a republic (1946). Rome is the capital and largest city.

Italy

(ˈɪtəlɪ)
n
(Placename) a republic in S Europe, occupying a peninsula in the Mediterranean between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic Seas, with the islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the west: first united under the Romans but became fragmented into numerous political units in the Middle Ages; united kingdom proclaimed in 1861; under the dictatorship of Mussolini (1922–43); became a republic in 1946; a member of the European Union. It is generally mountainous, with the Alps in the north and the Apennines running the length of the peninsula. Official language: Italian. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Rome. Pop: 61 482 297 (2013 est) Area: 301 247 sq km (116 312 sq miles). Italian name: Italia

It•a•ly

(ˈɪt l i)

n.
a republic in S Europe, comprising a peninsula S of the Alps, and Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, and other smaller islands: a kingdom 1870–1946. 56,735,130; 116,294 sq. mi. (301,200 sq. km). Cap.: Rome. Italian, Italia.

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the revival in arts and letters in the sixteenth century in Italy. — cinquecentist, n., adj.
the art and literature of thirteenth-century Italy. — duecentist, n., adj.
an obsession with Italy and things Italian.
the art of fifteenth-century Italy. — quattrocentist, n., adj.
the civil government of Italy, as contrasted with the papal government of the Vatican. — Quirinal, adj.
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Noun1.Italy - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian PeninsulaItaly - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
Cannae - ancient city is southeastern Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
battle of Caporetto, Caporetto - battle of World War I (1917); Italians were defeated by the Austrian and German forces
Battle of Lake Trasimenus, Lake Trasimenus - a battle in 217 BC in which Hannibal ambushed a Roman army led by Flaminius
Battle of Magenta, Magenta - a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
Marengo - a battle in 1800 in which the French under Napoleon Bonaparte won a great victory over the Austrians
Metaurus River - a battle during the second Punic War (207 BC); Hannibal's brother Hasdrubal was defeated by the Romans which ended Hannibal's hopes for success in Italy
Battle of Ravenna, Ravenna - a battle between the French and an alliance of Spaniards and Swiss and Venetians in 1512
Salerno - a battle in World War II; the port was captured by United States troops in September 1943
battle of Solferino, Solferino - an indecisive battle in 1859 between the French and Sardinians under Napoleon III and the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
battle of Trasimeno, Trasimeno - a battle in central Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans under Flaminius in 217 BC
Appian Way - an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
Flaminian Way - an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
spaghetti Western - a low-budget Western movie produced by a European (especially an Italian) film company
aloha, ciao - an acknowledgment that can be used to say hello or goodbye (aloha is Hawaiian and ciao is Italian)
Italian - the Romance language spoken in Italy
grissino - a long slender crusty breadstick
polenta - a thick mush made of cornmeal boiled in stock or water
calamari, calamary, squid - (Italian cuisine) squid prepared as food
Brigate Rosse, Red Brigades, BR - a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization that arose out of a student protest movement in the late 1960s; wants to separate Italy from NATO and advocates violence in the service of class warfare and revolution; mostly inactive since 1989
NIPR, Revolutionary Proletarian Initiative Nuclei, Revolutionary Proletarian Nucleus - a clandestine group of leftist extremists who oppose Italy's labor policies and foreign policy; responsible for bombing building in the historic center of Rome from 2000 to 2002
Common Market, EC, EEC, European Community, European Economic Community, European Union, EU, Europe - an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members; "he tried to take Britain into the Europen Union"
NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization - an international organization created in 1949 by the North Atlantic Treaty for purposes of collective security
commune - the smallest administrative district of several European countries
Italian Peninsula - a boot-shaped peninsula in southern Europe extending into the Mediterranean Sea
Pompeii - ancient city to the southeast of Naples that was buried by a volcanic eruption from Vesuvius
Herculaneum - ancient city; now destroyed
Abruzzi, Abruzzi e Molise - a mountainous region of central Italy on the Adriatic
Basilicata, Lucania - a region of southern Italy (forming the instep of the Italian `boot')
Bolzano - an Italian city in Trentino-Alto Adige near the Austrian border; noted as a resort and for its Alpine scenery
Brescia - an ancient Italian city in central Lombardy
Calabria - a region of southern Italy (forming the toe of the Italian `boot')
Campania - a region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea including the islands of Capri and Ischia
Ferrara - a city in northern Italy; "in the 13th century Ferrara was a center of Renaissance learning and the arts"
Emilia-Romagna - a region of north central Italy on the Adriatic
Friuli-Venezia Giulia - a region in northeastern Italy
Latium, Lazio - an ancient region of west central Italy (southeast of Rome) on the Tyrrhenian Sea
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
Anzio - a town of central Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea; the Allies established a beachhead at Anzio in World War II
Brindisi - a port city in southeastern Apulia in Italy; a center for the Crusades in the Middle Ages

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Translations
Италия
Itálie
Italien
ItalioItalujo
Itaalia
Italia
Italija
Olaszország
イタリア
이탈리아
Italija
Itālija
Italia
Taliansko
Italija
Italien
ประเทศอิตาลี
nước Ý

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[ˈɪtəlɪ] NItalia f

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[ˈɪtəli] nItalie f
in Italy → en Italie
to Italy → en Italie

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nItalien nt

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[ˈɪtəlɪ] nl'Italia
in Italy → in Italia

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إيطَالْيَّا Itálie Italien Italien Ιταλία Italia Italia Italie Italija Italia イタリア 이탈리아 Italië Italia Włochy Itália Италия Italien ประเทศอิตาลี İtalya nước Ý 意大利
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To live in Italy, and to enjoy myself in my own way.
He came West at the suggestion of his physicians, his health having been enfeebled by a long illness in Italy.
In our native land, whether in some remote rural village, or in vast London -- or, surely, in Germany, in France, in pleasant Italy -- thou wouldst be beyond his power and knowledge
When the Romans took Joppa, the same skeleton was carried to Italy in triumph.
It had started its first newspaper in Japan, and elected its first deputy in Argentina; in France it named members of cabinets, and in Italy and Australia it held the balance of power and turned out ministries.
Well GOOD-by, old fellow-- if I don't run across you in Italy, you hunt me up in London before you sail.
Our parents were well to do, there in Italy, and we were their only child.
Some years after I had broken with the mother, she abandoned her child, and ran away to Italy with a musician or singer.
Stuffed birds from Africa, porcelain monsters from China, silver ornaments and utensils from India and Peru, mosaic work from Italy, and bronzes from France, were all heaped together pell-mell with the coarse deal boxes and dingy leather cases which served to pack them for traveling.
It warn't hard, you may suppose, for a seafaring man like me to work his way over to Italy.
And you never saw me take snuff, the reason being that in my snuff-box I carry a piece of Parmesan cheese--a cheese made in Italy, very nutritious.
The silk thread comes from Italy and Japan; the iron for magnets, from Norway; the paper tape, from Manila; the mahogany, from South America; and the rubber, from Brazil and the valley of the Congo.