Italian

noun
Ital·​ian | \ ə-ˈtal-yən How to pronounce Italian (audio) , i- also ˌī- How to pronounce Italian (audio) \

Definition of Italian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a native or inhabitant of Italy
b : a person of Italian descent
2 : the Romance language of the Italians

Italian

adjective

Definition of Italian (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of Italy, the Italians, or Italian

First Known Use of Italian

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Italian was in the 14th century

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“Italian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Italian. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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Italian

noun
How to pronounce Italian (audio) How to pronounce Italian (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Italian

: a person born, raised, or living in Italy
: a person whose family is from Italy
: the language of the Italians

Italian

noun
Ital·​ian | \ i-ˈtal-yən How to pronounce Italian (audio) \

Kids Definition of Italian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person born or living in Italy
2 : the language of the Italians

Italian

adjective

Kids Definition of Italian (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to Italy, its people, or the Italian language

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