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italic

[ih-tal-ik, ahy-tal-] /ɪˈtæl ɪk, aɪˈtæl-/
adjective
1.
designating or pertaining to a style of printing types in which the letters usually slope to the right, patterned upon a compact manuscript hand, and used for emphasis, to separate different kinds of information, etc.:
These words are in italic type.
2.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Italy, especially ancient Italy or its tribes.
noun
3.
Often, italics. italic type.
4.
(initial capital letter) a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, including ancient Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, and modern Romance.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin Italicus < Greek Italikós, equivalent to Ital(ía) Italy + -ikos -ic
Related forms
non-Italic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for italic

italic

/ɪˈtælɪk/
adjective
1.
Also Italian. of, relating to, or denoting a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
noun
2.
a style of printing type modelled on this, chiefly used to indicate emphasis, a foreign word, etc Compare roman1
3.
(often pl) italic type or print
Word Origin
C16 (after an edition of Virgil (1501) printed in Venice and dedicated to Italy): from Latin Italicus of Italy, from Greek Italikos

Italic

/ɪˈtælɪk/
noun
1.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes many of the ancient languages of Italy, such as Venetic and the Osco-Umbrian group, Latin, which displaced them, and the Romance languages
adjective
2.
denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages, esp the extinct ones
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Word Origin and History for italic

1610s (adj.), 1670s (n.) "italic type," from Latin italicus "Italian" (see Italian); so called because it was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, printer of Venice (who also gave his name to Aldine), and first used in an edition of Virgil dedicated to Italy. Earlier (1570s) the word was used for the plain, sloping style of handwriting, as opposed to Gothic. Related: Italics.

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Encyclopedia Article for italic

in printing, a sloping, light-bodied, compact, and almost cursive letter form, which, with roman and black letter shapes, has been one of the three major typefaces in the history of Western printing. Used today almost exclusively as a special function adjunct of roman letters, italic types were used first as body texts in small volumes in which their space-saving, humanistic characteristics were desirable. Though originally designed in 1500 or earlier, the first notable use of italic was in an edition of Virgil (the "Aldine Virgil"), created in 1501 by Francesco Griffo, typecutter to the printer Aldus Manutius, in Venice. He designed his type on models of an informal, handwritten letter used in the papal chanceries of the time, and he cut his new face in lowercase letters only. He combined these with a suitable roman capital. Still later, a simple, sloping uppercase face was introduced as an intermediate between roman and a fully developed uppercase italic letter shape

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