What does Italian mean?

Definitions for Italian
ɪˈtæl yənItal·ian

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Italian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Italian(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of Italy

  2. Italian(adj)

    the Romance language spoken in Italy

  3. Italian(adj)

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of Italy or its people or culture or language

    "Italian cooking"


  1. Italian(Noun)

    An inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.

    Etymology: Italianus, from Italia

  2. Italian(Adjective)

    Pertaining to Italy, its people or its language.

    Etymology: Italianus, from Italia

  3. Italian(ProperNoun)

    The official language of Italy, also spoken in San Marino, the Vatican, and parts of Switzerland.

    Etymology: Italianus, from Italia

Webster Dictionary

  1. Italian(adj)

    of or pertaining to Italy, or to its people or language

    Etymology: [Cf. F. italien, It. italiano. Cf. Italic.]

  2. Italian(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of Italy

    Etymology: [Cf. F. italien, It. italiano. Cf. Italic.]

  3. Italian(noun)

    the language used in Italy, or by the Italians

    Etymology: [Cf. F. italien, It. italiano. Cf. Italic.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Italian

    i-tal′yan, Italic, i-tal′ik, adj. of or relating to Italy or its people.—n. a native of Italy: the language of Italy.—vs.t. Ital′ianate, Ital′ianise, to make Italian.—vs.i. to play the Italian: to speak Italian.—n. Ital′ianism.—Italian architecture, the style practised by the Italian architects of the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, which originated in a revival of the ancient architecture of Rome; Italian warehouseman, a dealer in the finer kinds of groceries, as macaroni, vermicelli, dried fruits, &c.—Italic version, or It′ala, a translation of the Bible into Latin, based on a still older version, called Old Latin, and made probably in the time of Augustine. [It. Italiano, Italico—L. Italia—Gr. italos, a bull.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Italian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2516

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Italian' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4668

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Italian' in Nouns Frequency: #2306

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Italian' in Adjectives Frequency: #336

How to pronounce Italian?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Italian in sign language?

  1. italian


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Italian in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Italian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Italian in a Sentence

  1. Zhou Xiachuan:

    We continue to buy stakes in Italian companies, but now we're careful to remain below the 2 percent threshold so that we're not obliged to disclose them.

  2. Giuseppe Sersale:

    We are pricing in a total lack of confidence in the outlook for Italian public finances, the 10-year spread itself is not so much a worry as short term yields which have exploded.

  3. Nicolas Veron:

    It's not that banks in other countries don't have problems, but in Italy it's more widespread, because you have lots of small banks that do not have the shock absorption capacity you find in bigger banks, a third of the banks that failed the ECB tests were Italian, but since then not much has happened.

  4. Alessandro Capponi:

    It will be seen as an injustice, you may not see people out on the streets, but if you ask 10 people what they think, those 10 people will tell you they see it as a complete injustice that only the Italian and the African are in prison. The Italians will say that the American gets away with murder and it won't be the first time.

  5. Lawrence Barretto:

    The Italian manufacturer season's groundhog day in a way, this happened last year when it was looking pretty good for Ferrari and then they had that problem in the Asian swing of The Italian manufacturer season with the first-lap crash in Singapore and the problems in Japan.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. tight
    • B. blistering
    • C. reassuring
    • D. hatched

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