Old Italian


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Old Italian

n.
The Italian language until the middle of the 1500s.
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Old′ Ital′ian


n.
the Italian language of the 10th to the 14th centuries.
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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
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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 ludicrous incompetence the buffone , or clown, and was therefore the ape of an ape; for the clown himself imitated the serious characters of the play.
war!" cried the old Italian. "Ever this talk of war.
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.