irredenta

noun

ir·​re·​den·​ta ˌir-i-ˈden-tə How to pronounce irredenta (audio)
variants or less commonly
: a territory historically or ethnically related to one political unit but under the political control of another

Word History

Etymology

Italian Italia irredenta, literally, unredeemed Italy, Italian-speaking territory not incorporated in Italy

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irredenta was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Irredenta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irredenta. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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