Italy

geographical name
It·​a·​ly | \ˈi-tə-lē \
variants: or Italian Italia \ ē-​ˈtäl-​yä \ or Latin Italia \ ə-​ˈtal-​yə , i-​ \

Definition of Italy 

1 peninsula 760 miles (1223 kilometers) long in southern Europe projecting into the Mediterranean between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas

2 country comprising the peninsula of Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, and numerous other islands; a republic since 1946, formerly a kingdom; capital Rome area 116,313 square miles (302,251 square kilometers), population 59,433,744

see also italian entry 1

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