Old Italian


Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

Old Italian

n.
The Italian language until the middle of the 1500s.

Old′ Ital′ian


n.
the Italian language of the 10th to the 14th centuries.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Old Italian - the Italian language up to the middle of the 16th centuryOld Italian - the Italian language up to the middle of the 16th century
Italian - the Romance language spoken in Italy
References in classic literature ?
A charming old Italian writer has laid down the canons of perfect feminine beauty with much nicety in a delicious discourse, which, as he delivered it in a sixteenth- century Florentine garden to an audience of beautiful and noble ladies, an audience not too large to be intimate and not too small to be embarrassing, it was his delightful good fortune and privilege to illustrate by pretty and sly references to the characteristic beauties of the several ladies seated like a ring of roses around him.
A popular character in old Italian plays, who imitated with
Amid renewed thanks and with promises to come again, the two squires bade their leave of the old Italian glass-stainer and his daughter.
He was an old Italian, a rival of the Raphaels and the Caracci, but an unfortunate rival.
It was introduced by an old Italian publisher somewhere about the 15th century, during the Revival of Learning; and in those days, and even down to a comparatively late period, dolphins were popularly supposed to be a species of the Leviathan.
A faded Flemish tapestry, a curtained picture, an old Italian cassone, and an almost empty book-case--that was all that it seemed to contain, besides a chair and a table.
It was the old Italian and his daughters returning from the ball who were trying to get in.