One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to Tuscany, its inhabitants, or the form of Italian spoken there, which is a standard variety widely taught to foreign learners.
- ‘Other well-known kinds of pecorino include: • Pecorino delle Crete Senesi, a famous Tuscan variety, with an aromatic flavour derived from the presence of wormwood in the pastures.’
- ‘This Tuscan Italian bistro has an intimate and cozy atmosphere, of this there is no doubt.’
- ‘By opening our eyes to the crucial role the city's artists played in the transition from medieval to early renaissance Tuscan art, this major exhibition does just that.’
- ‘This is a classic Italian dessert that is also known as the Tuscan trifle.’
- ‘The wines themselves are standard Tuscan products: Sangiovese with Canaiolo and/or white grapes for the reds; Trebbiano (known locally as Procanico) for the whites.’
- ‘As part of the Tuscan experience, holidaymakers will also be given the opportunity to take Italian lessons and to cook traditional Tuscan dishes.’
- ‘Ok, as you know, I like some fresh tomatoes, olive oil and garlic layered on some toasted coarse Tuscan bread as much as the next man.’
- ‘Starters include warm chicken salad, prawn cocktail, smoked salmon and a Tuscan roll with pesto and mozzarella.’
- ‘Along the Ligurian and Tuscan coast, Italian street vendors sell scrumptious chickpea-flour pancakes called farinate, fried in a wide pan.’
- ‘‘We chose hand-selected Tuscan stone for the floors - a stone that's somewhere between sandstone and limestone,’ Johnson says.’
- ‘Of the four books or trattati of the Convivio the first is largely a defense of Dante's decision to write his prose commentaries, as well as the poems they expound, in the Tuscan vernacular rather than in Latin.’
- ‘The Medicis were responsible for building or renovating a number of splendid Tuscan villas and palaces and their remarkably innovative gardens.’
- ‘I am a British subject, but now I am a proud citizen of this Tuscan village.’
- ‘The Tuscan seaport of Piombino, at the south end of a peninsula in the Ligurian Sea, is the nearest point on the mainland to Elba.’
- ‘Two extraordinary vendors in the Central Market in Florence will mail order authentic Tuscan foods directly from their stands.’
- ‘Recent changes in the Italian market may mean better prices for Tuscan wines, though.’
- ‘I was in Italy and I wanted to paint one of the little churches in the Tuscan hills.’
- ‘From a distance, it resembles a Tuscan village.’
- ‘He has a penthouse in Chelsea, a beach club on the Tuscan coast and a private jet.’
- ‘Besides foreign corresponding members, about half were local Tuscan patricians or nobles, and half were non-nobles.’
2Relating to or denoting a classical order of architecture resembling the Doric but lacking all ornamentation.
- ‘Behind her stretches the wide Tuscan colonnade of Fonthill Splendens.’
- ‘Sansovino could have designed a rusticated flat arch for the herms to carry, or even a simple Tuscan entablature without metopes and triglyphs, but instead he chose the Doric.’
- ‘The house is substantial and its facade is as eclectic (in its rusticated stone, Tuscan columns that hold nothing up, and pedimented windows with false balconies) as Moreau's pictures.’
- ‘When approaching from the public road on the north, one first sees Cane Garden's raised neoclassical portico, the triangular pediment supported by eight Tuscan columns.’
- ‘It was a three-story mansion with mahogany interiors and Tuscan columns and porches on two floors on the south and east sides.’
1A native or inhabitant of Tuscany.
- ‘He was a former king of the Tuscans who was overthrown by his people.’
- ‘Evander admits, however, that he can't give them too much help so he sends them further upstream to a tribe of Tuscans who have a grudge against some of the Latins.’
- ‘Some Tuscans, including the gifted and scholarly Count Guicciardini, were influenced by Plymouth Brethren and set up a church (which survives) behind the great palace on the Piazza della Signoria.’
- ‘Paradoxically, endowed as he was with even more wit than most of his fellow Tuscans, he showed a childlike incapacity either for self-criticism or for cool judgement.’
- ‘We know little of his parents but certainly his father was a Tuscan.’
- ‘He sends some men downriver to the Trojans and the rest depart with him on horseback to find the Tuscans.’
- ‘The MPs are all in Tuscany: tough on the Tuscans, but a wonderful break for us lot.’
- ‘Little known made-up fact: the Tuscans were quite found of celebrating American Thanksgiving.’
- ‘The imposing Tuscan, who first opened the restaurant in 1976, will not say who was there that night.’
- ‘Italian flowed from his mouth as it was expected of any Tuscan.’
- ‘The reason for this break down is still unknown but one thing's for sure; this ruined all of the Tuscan's dreams of glory.’
- ‘Leave Provence to the Provencals, and Tuscany to the Tuscans - the world was altogether sweet enough right here.’
- ‘We fought as Piedmontese, as Tuscans, as Neapolitans, as Romans, and not as Italians’.’
- ‘Offer breadsticks wrapped with thinly sliced prosciutto as an hors d' oeuvre, then unmold zucchini timbales and grill a big steak, rare and juicy, the way the Tuscans like it.’
- ‘After all, in its time, Corsica has been invaded by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Etruscans, Phoceans, Carthaginians and Romans, and has been ruled over by the Papacy, the Tuscans, the Aragonese, the Genoese, the Germans and even the English.’
- ‘So with the establishment of Italy, say, all of a sudden the Tuscans become ‘Italians.’’
- ‘His ship gets stuck, but the Tuscans begin to pour onto the field.’
- ‘As Aeneas speaks with the Tuscans, Juno sends Iris to Turnus.’
- ‘And how will the Tuscans enrich our lives, Hannah?’
- ‘The Dialogo, one of the first pieces of art theory in Venice, takes the form of a discussion between two painters, a Tuscan and a Venetian.’
2mass noun The form of Italian spoken in Tuscany.
- ‘The Italian literary language was derived from Tuscan, and was spoken in Tuscany and by educated Romans.’
- ‘Modeled on Xenophon's Oeconomicus and written in Tuscan, Della famiglia was an attempt to define the cultural and linguistic identity of Florence.’
- ‘By choosing to write the majority of his works in his native Tuscan, including his great work of mechanics, the Two New Sciences, he made his learning accessible to virtually anyone who was literate.’
3mass noun The Tuscan order of architecture.
- ‘And Design Observer tackles the latest unfortunate trend in Southern Californian residential design: Tuscan.’
- ‘Whimsical decorative themes run the gamut, from rustic mountain to formal Tuscan (the latter with soaring columns and a travertine-marble bathroom).’
Late Middle English (as a noun denoting an Etruscan): via French from Latin Tuscanus, from Tuscus ‘an Etruscan’.
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