Italian

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noun

Ital·​ian ə-ˈtal-yən How to pronounce Italian (audio)
i-,
also
ˌī- How to pronounce Italian (audio)
1
a
: a native or inhabitant of Italy
b
: a person of Italian descent
2
: the Romance language of the Italians

Italian

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adjective

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

Examples of Italian in a Sentence

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Noun
The Italian was equally ruthless in the second set. Matias Grez, CNN, 9 July 2024 Photo : The Italian Sea Group One of the owner’s suites. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 July 2024
Adjective
In 2020, several Italian cities offered hopeful homebuyers the chance to buy vacant houses for as little as one euro — which at the time, translated to about $1.18. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 11 July 2024 Gucci’s Flora Gorgeous Orchid Eau De Parfum is the latest fragrance release from the Italian house, with a campaign featuring Miley Cyrus under the direction of creative director Sabato De Sarno. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for Italian 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Italian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Italian. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Italian

noun
Ital·​ian
ə-ˈtal-yən,
i-
1
a
: a person born or living in Italy
b
: a person of Italian ancestry
2
: the Romance language of the Italians
Italian adjective
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