Definition of Italian in English:

Italian

adjective

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

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

noun

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

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

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

Origin

Late Middle English: from Italian italiano, from Italia Italy.

Pronunciation:

Italian

/ɪˈtaljən/