of or relating to , its people, or their language.
a native or inhabitant of , or a person of Italian descent.
a Romance language, the language of , official also in Switzerland.
Abbreviation: It, It., Ital.
Contemporary Examples

They offer some of the freshest Italian outside of the boot.
The Easygoing Flair of San Francisco Jolie Hunt April 9, 2010

The cynicism of the American electorate is nothing compared to that of its Italian counterpart.
Berlusconi Burlesque Alex Massie September 22, 2009

As an American of Italian descent, our traditions are very strong regarding love of family, hard work, and loyalty.
TV’s Real Mafia Princess? Ben Widdicombe May 21, 2009

Ironically, for a man who owns a good chunk of Italian media, he blames his difficulties on a biased press.
Too Sexy for Italy? Barbie Latza Nadeau August 14, 2009

The Italian tabloid Novella 2000 reports that she was angry due to his “less-than-warm reception” upon her return.
Clooney Breakup’s Red Flags Barbie Latza Nadeau June 22, 2011

Historical Examples

“Just so,” rejoined the Italian, with a hardihood that seemed to sit easily upon him.
Roland Cashel Charles James Lever

He was received with joy for the service he had rendered to the Italian people.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

She must be a foreigner—Italian, for choice, in spite of her English eyes.
Margarita’s Soul Ingraham Lovell

Rico could soon speak Italian as if he had always spoken it.
Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri

She was the only daughter of an Italian by an English mother.
Zicci, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

the official language of Italy and one of the official languages of Switzerland: the native language of approximately 60 million people. It belongs to the Romance group of the Indo-European family, and there is a considerable diversity of dialects
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Italy, or a descendant of one
See Italian vermouth
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language

early 15c., “native of Italy,” from Italian Italiano, from Italia “Italy” (see Italy). As an adjective from 1640s.


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