Italianism

noun
Ital·​ian·​ism | \ ə-ˈtal-yə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Italianism (audio) , i- also ī- \

Definition of Italianism

1a : a quality characteristic of Italy or the Italian people
b : a characteristic feature of Italian occurring in another language
2a : specialized interest in or emulation of Italian qualities or achievements
b : promotion or love of Italian policies or ideals

First Known Use of Italianism

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Italianism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Italianism. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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