Definition of Salentine in US English:


(also Sallentine)


  • Originally: of or relating to the Sallentini, a former people of the southern, peninsular part of what is now the Apulia region in south-eastern Italy. Now: of or designating the Salento, this area of Italy. Compare the heel of Italy.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. From classical Latin Salentīnus, Sallentīnus (adjective) of or relating to the Sallentini, Sallentīnī (plural noun) a people of the heel of Italy; compare -ine.