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italic

adjective ital·ic \ ə-ˈta-lik , i- , ī- \

Definition of italic

1 a :of or relating to a type style with characters that slant upward to the right (as in "these words are italic") — compare roman
b :of or relating to a style of slanted cursive handwriting developed in the 15th and 16th centuries
2 capitalized :of or relating to ancient Italy, its peoples, or their Indo-European languages

Recent Examples of italic from the Web

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First Known Use of italic

1598


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italic

noun

Definition of italic

1 :an italic character or type
2 capitalized :a branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Oscan, and Umbrian — see Indo-European Languages Table

Examples of italic in a Sentence

  1. These words are printed in italic.

  2. The type should be set in italics.

  3. These words are printed in italics.

Recent Examples of italic from the Web

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First Known Use of italic

1676


ITALIC Defined for English Language Learners

italic

adjective

Definition of italic for English Language Learners

  • : having letters, numbers, etc., that slant upward to the right

  • Italic : of or relating to ancient Italy, the people who lived there, or the languages spoken there


italic

noun

Definition of italic for English Language Learners

  • : letters, numbers, etc., that slant upward to the right : italic type


ITALIC Defined for Kids

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italic

adjective ital·ic \ i-ˈta-lik \

Definition of italic for Students

:of or relating to a type style with letters that slant to the right (as in “italic letters”)

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italic

noun

Definition of italic for Students

:a type style with letters that slant to the right :an italic letter or italic type


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