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Of or relating to Italy or its people, language, or culture.
a. A native or inhabitant of Italy.
b. A person of Italian ancestry.
2. The Romance language of the Italians and an official language of Switzerland.

[Middle English, from Latin Italiānus, from Italia, Italy.]


1. (Languages) the official language of Italy and one of the official languages of Switzerland: the native language of approximately 60 million people. It belongs to the Romance group of the Indo-European family, and there is a considerable diversity of dialects
2. (Peoples) a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Italy, or a descendant of one
4. (Placename) relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language
5. (Peoples) relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language
6. (Languages) relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language


(ɪˈtæl yən)

1. a native or inhabitant of Italy.
2. a Romance language spoken in Italy, Corsica, and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. Abbr.: It
3. of or pertaining to Italy, its people, or their language.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin]
pron: The pronunciation of Italian with an initial (ī) sound (pronounced like eye) is heard primarily from uneducated speakers. It is sometimes used facetiously or disparagingly and is usu. considered offensive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.italian - a native or inhabitant of ItalyItalian - a native or inhabitant of Italy  
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - 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
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
dago, ginzo, greaseball, wop, Guinea - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Italian descent
Etruscan - a native or inhabitant of ancient Etruria; the Etruscans influenced the Romans (who had suppressed them by about 200 BC)
Neopolitan - a resident of Naples
Roman - a resident of modern Rome
Sabine - a member of an ancient Oscan-speaking people of the central Apennines north of Rome who were conquered and assimilated into the Roman state in 290 BC
Venetian - a resident of Venice
Sicilian - a resident of Sicily
Tuscan - a resident of Tuscany
Oscan - an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania
Samnite - an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania who clashed repeatedly with the early Romans
Florentine - a native or resident of Florence, Italy
Genoese - a native or resident of Genoa
Milanese - a native or inhabitant of Milan
Neapolitan - a native or inhabitant of Naples
Sardinian - a native or inhabitant of Sardinia
2.Italian - the Romance language spoken in Italy
Signora - an Italian title or form of address for a married woman
Signorina - an Italian title or form of address for an unmarried woman
Latinian language, Romance language, Romance - the group of languages derived from Latin
Old Italian - the Italian language up to the middle of the 16th century
Sardinian - the Italian dialect spoken in Sardinia; sometimes considered a separate language with many loan words from Spanish
Tuscan - a dialect of Italian spoken in Tuscany (especially Florence)
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - 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
donna - an Italian woman of rank
Adj.1.Italian - of or pertaining to or characteristic of Italy or its people or culture or language; "Italian cooking"
Bahasa Italia
이탈리아 사람이탈리아어이탈리아의
itāļu valoda
tiếng Ýngười Ýthuộc nước/người/tiếng Ý


A. ADJitaliano
B. N
1. (= person) → italiano/a m/f
2. (Ling) → italiano m


(= person) → Italien(ne) m/f
(= language) → italien m


Italiener(in) m(f)
(Ling) → Italienisch nt


1. adjitaliano/a; (lesson, teacher, dictionary) → d'italiano; (king) → d'Italia
2. n (person) → italiano/a; (language) → italiano
the Italians → gli italiani


إِيطَالِيٌّ, إِيطَالِيٌّ, اللغة الإيطالية Ital, italský, italština italiener, italiensk Italiener, italienisch Ιταλικά, ιταλικός, Ιταλός italiano italia, italialainen italien Talijan, talijanski italiano イタリアの, イタリア人, イタリア語 이탈리아 사람, 이탈리아어, 이탈리아의 Italiaan, Italiaans italiener, italiensk język włoski, Włoch, włoski italiano итальянец, итальянский, итальянский язык italienare, italiensk, italienska เกี่ยวกับอิตาลี, ชาวอิตาเลียน, ภาษาอิตาเลียน İtalyan, İtalyanca người Ý, thuộc nước/người/tiếng Ý, tiếng Ý 意大利人, 意大利的, 意大利语
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The whole thing happened in a second of time, for the first Italian was cutting the rope and Charley was clutching the skiff when the second Italian dealt him a rap over the head with an oar, Charley released his hold and collapsed, stunned, into the bottom of the salmon boat, and the Italians bent to their oars and escaped back under the ship's stern.
And if, as I said, it was necessary that the people of Israel should be captive so as to make manifest the ability of Moses; that the Persians should be oppressed by the Medes so as to discover the greatness of the soul of Cyrus; and that the Athenians should be dispersed to illustrate the capabilities of Theseus: then at the present time, in order to discover the virtue of an Italian spirit, it was necessary that Italy should be reduced to the extremity that she is now in, that she should be more enslaved than the Hebrews, more oppressed than the Persians, more scattered than the Athenians; without head, without order, beaten, despoiled, torn, overrun; and to have endured every kind of desolation.
I ran through an Italian grammar on my way across the Atlantic, and from my knowledge of Latin, Spanish, and French, I soon had a reading acquaintance with the language.
They protested that they did not wish to be there when it happened, and some one suggested going to a big Italian rancho four miles away, where they could get up a dance.
Hence it resulted that though the Middle Ages were in Italy a period of terrible political anarchy, yet Italian culture recovered far more rapidly than that of the northern nations, whom the Italians continued down to the modern period to regard contemptuously as still mere barbarians.
He painted studies from nature under the guidance of an Italian professor of painting, and studied medieval Italian life.
Arriving under the shadow of the Pyncheon Elm, it proved to be the Italian boy, who, with his monkey and show of puppets, had once before played his hurdy-gurdy beneath the arched window.
Indeed," said the Italian, "was your excellency then aware of my visit?
Even this fluent discharge of Italian did not bring the soap at once, but there was a good reason for it.
Once when he was sitting on his garden wall, smoking a pipe in the evening, an Italian organ- grinder came round with a monkey on a string.
At that moment Anna Pavlovna came up and, looking severely at Pierre, asked the Italian how he stood Russian climate.
I had hardly rung the bell before the house door was opened violently; my worthy Italian friend, Professor Pesca, appeared in the servant's place; and darted out joyously to receive me, with a shrill foreign parody on an English cheer.