|1.||Also: Italian of, relating to, or denoting a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right|
|2.||Compare roman a style of printing type modelled on this, chiefly used to indicate emphasis, a foreign word, etc|
|3.||(often plural) italic type or print|
|[C16 (after an edition of Virgil (1501) printed in Venice and dedicated to Italy): from Latin Italicus of Italy, from Greek Italikos]|
|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|
|2.||denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages, esp the extinct ones|
Slanted letters that look like this: We the people. Italics are most often used to emphasize certain words, to indicate that they are in a foreign language, or to set off the title of a literary or artistic work.