Italianism

noun

Ital·​ian·​ism ə-ˈtal-yə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Italianism (audio)
i-,
 also  ī-
1
a
: a quality characteristic of Italy or the Italian people
b
: a characteristic feature of Italian occurring in another language
2
a
: specialized interest in or emulation of Italian qualities or achievements
b
: promotion or love of Italian policies or ideals

Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Italianism was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Italianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Italianism. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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