halfitalian

Italian

[ih-tal-yuhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Italy, its people, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.
3.
a Romance language, the language of Italy, official also in Switzerland. Abbreviation: It, It., Ital.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin Italiānus. See Italy, -an

Italianesque, adjective
anti-Italian, adjective, noun
half-Italian, adjective
non-Italian, adjective, noun
pro-Italian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Italian, adjective, noun


The pronunciation of Italian with an initial [ahy] sound (pronounced like the word eye ) and often with level stress on the first and second syllables: [ahy-tal-yuhn] is heard primarily from uneducated speakers. This pronunciation is sometimes facetious or disparaging in purpose and is usually considered offensive.
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Italian (ɪˈtæljən)
 
n
1.  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
2.  a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Italy, or a descendant of one
3.  See Italian vermouth
 
adj
4.  relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language

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Italian
1422, "native of Italy," from It. Italiano, from Italia "Italy," from L. Italia, probably from a Gk. alteration of Oscan Viteliu "Italy," but originally only the southwestern point of the peninsula, perhaps originally "land of cattle," related to L. vitulus "calf," or else a tribal name from an Illyrian
word of unknown meaning. Italianate (1572) is from It. Italianato "rendered Italian," from Italiano.
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