ital·​ian·​ize ə-ˈtal-yə-ˌnīz How to pronounce italianize (audio)
 also  ī-
italianized; italianizing
often capitalized

intransitive verb

: to act Italian
specifically : to follow the style or technique of recognized Italian painters

transitive verb

: to make Italian (as in appearance or behavior)
Italianization noun

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of italianize was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Italianize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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