italic


1ital·ic

adjective \ə-ˈta-lik, i-, ī-\

: having letters, numbers, etc., that slant upward to the right

Italic : of or relating to ancient Italy, the people who lived there, or the languages spoken there

Full Definition of ITALIC

1
a :  of or relating to a type style with characters that slant upward to the right (as in these words are italic) — compare roman
b :  of or relating to a style of slanted cursive handwriting developed in the 15th and 16th centuries
2
capitalized :  of or relating to ancient Italy, its peoples, or their Indo-European languages

First Known Use of ITALIC

1598

2italic

noun

: letters, numbers, etc., that slant upward to the right : italic type

Full Definition of ITALIC

1
:  an italic character or type
2
capitalized :  a branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Oscan, and Umbrian — see indo-european languages table

Examples of ITALIC

  1. These words are printed in italic.
  2. The type should be set in italics.
  3. These words are printed in italics.

First Known Use of ITALIC

1676

Rhymes with ITALIC

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