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adjective ital·ic \ə-ˈta-lik, i-, ī-\

Definition of italic

  1. 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. 2 capitalized :  of or relating to ancient Italy, its peoples, or their Indo-European languages

1598

First Known Use of italic

1598


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noun ital·ic

Definition of italic

  1. 1 :  an italic character or type

  2. 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.

1676

First Known Use of italic

1676


ITALIC Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective ital·ic \ə-ˈta-lik, i-, ī-\

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


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noun ital·ic

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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adjective ital·ic \i-ˈta-lik\

Definition of italic for Students

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


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noun ital·ic

Definition of italic for Students

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


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