Meaning of Italian in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈtaljən/

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  • Relating to Italy, its people, or their language.

    ‘Deschamps brought in older players from Italy and also Italian coaches in that first year.’
    • ‘He even knows two British guys who run an Italian cookery school in Italy.’
    • ‘I have many friends in Italy and Italian football after playing all those years.’
    • ‘He convinced Italian scholars that the language of science need not always be Latin.’
    • ‘Neither could speak the language and they struggled to embrace the discipline demanded by Italian clubs.’
    • ‘The under 16s are going on tour to Italy in August where they will be playing two Italian teams.’
    • ‘Joe Jordan was with our party and he is a God in Italy so you had all these Italian fans turning up too.’
    • ‘Afterwards, we retired over the road for a really tragic Italian meal.’
    • ‘This was originally a warehouse for the storage of ice, owned by Swiss Italian entrepreneur Carlo Gatti.’
    • ‘It's a surprisingly nice backdrop in which to enjoy Italian classics at bargain prices.’
    • ‘Not for nothing do they call Munich the most northerly Italian town, all brio, baroque and bragadoccio.’
    • ‘The smell of fish sauce sent my head spinning so I was trying to find Italian food instead in Bangkok.’
    • ‘The menu will be a melange of Indian and Italian cuisine and comes with beer.’
    • ‘At last year's summit in Genoa, one protester died in clashes with Italian police.’
    • ‘A basket of good Italian bread and butter was brought and by the time we'd finished it, our starters had arrived.’
    • ‘Quicker than a shot of espresso, a Morecambe-based record company has signed up a hot new Italian artist.’
    • ‘Buffalo milk is also used to produce prized Italian cheese mozzarella.’
    • ‘Her death, reportedly with a pink rosary in her hand, was on the front page of every important Italian newspaper.’
    • ‘On my must-try list are Greek lamb with oregano and lemon, and Italian ricotta tart with a chocolate crust.’
    • ‘He loves his food and I can't cook, so he always finds little Italian delis.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.

    ‘Nor was there any question here of native Italians drafting their own constitution.’
    • ‘The Italians at least showed us what a national anthem should be all about.’
    • ‘Alessandro was also a firm believer that all Italians should live under Italian rule.’
    • ‘France was rich, Italy poor, so there were plenty of Italians in France trying to make a living.’
    • ‘It was clear to foreigners and Italians alike that Spain was the dominant power in Italy.’
    • ‘How did your performance and that of the other Italians in Sydney affect the sport in Italy?’
    • ‘He was with the army in the north of Italy when he was taken prisoner by the Italians.’
    • ‘There were two full buses carrying people from all over Europe and another bus of Italians and Germans on its way.’
    • ‘There was the expected civil disobedience that Italians often have for many of the country's laws.’
    • ‘The Italians paid the price for their failure to kill the game off when Varga found the target.’
    • ‘In the evening the group joined several hundred young Italians in prayer and song.’
    • ‘When the officials weren't hindering them, the laws of physics appeared to defy the Italians.’
    • ‘Facing the opening minutes of the second half without their playmaker didn't faze the Italians.’
    • ‘It should come as no surprise then that the Italians are becoming such fine rugby players.’
    • ‘The Italians had a great idea when they hit upon the idea of cooking joints of meat and pasta in the same pot.’
    • ‘The one thing we have learned is not to underestimate the Italians.’
    • ‘A recent survey showed that half of Italians are unworried by the changeover.’
    • ‘The Senate majority will be finalised when six seats are decided by votes by Italians living abroad.’
    • ‘He put pen to paper on a contract with the Italians which expires in June 2007.’
    • ‘These joint organizations brought Italians closer and they made more efforts to be active in the community.’
  • 2mass noun The Romance language of Italy, descended from Latin and with roughly 60 million speakers worldwide. It is also one of the official languages of Switzerland.

    ‘She had been tutored by John Aylmer and she spoke French, Greek, Latin and Italian fluently.’
    • ‘The French actors spoke French, the Italian actors spoke Italian and the boys spoke English.’
    • ‘Naturally I couldn't say as I don't speak Italian or whatever language they were berating me in.’
    • ‘In this period he combined philological studies with the composition of poetry in Latin and Italian.’
    • ‘One defendant reassured him in his own language, Italian, and he was helped out of a window.’
    • ‘Australia adopted Italian as the language of coffee, with some English mixed in.’
    • ‘I have noted elsewhere some examples of translations from French, Spanish and Italian.’
    • ‘By the end of the 15th century it had been translated into German, French, and Italian.’
    • ‘Maltese is a Semitic language, with heavy borrowing from Italian and French in vocabulary.’
    • ‘Thomas studied several languages on his own, in particular French, English and Italian.’
    • ‘Children will pick up French, English and Italian in this production of song, dance and drama.’
    • ‘Again and again he advises his son and subsequently the sons of that son to study French, Italian or German.’
    • ‘While on the continent he had been learnt French, German and Italian and read widely.’
    • ‘Aside from America, I've always been a fan of Italy, so I'd love to learn to speak Italian.’
    • ‘The Italians reading this will note how Joe Avati did it by speaking mainly in Italian.’
    • ‘The cabin crew didn't speak Italian very well but they told us to put on our lifejackets.’
    • ‘The Italian was stretching out his hands and speaking very quickly in Italian.’
    • ‘The third book in the treatise was a translation into Italian of one of della Francesca's works.’
    • ‘Then there is Maltese, a form of Arabic with some words taken from Italian.’
    • ‘Up until then the language of the intellectual elites had in the main been Italian.’


Late Middle English from Italian italiano, from Italia ‘Italy’.