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[tuhs-kuh n] /ˈtʌs kən/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Tuscany, its people, or their dialect.
Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders: developed in Rome, it is basically a simplified Roman Doric, with unfluted columns and with no decoration other than moldings.
Compare composite (def 3), Corinthian (def 2), Doric (def 3), Ionic (def 1).
the standard literary form of the Italian language.
any Italian dialect of Tuscany.
a native of Tuscany.
Origin of Tuscan
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Tuscānus Etruscan, equivalent to Tusc(ī) the Etruscans + -ānus -an
Related forms
non-Tuscan, adjective, noun
Can be confused
Texan, Tucson, Tuscan. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the secret of these rose windows is unknown to the Tuscan artificer.

    The Well of Saint Clare Anatole France
  • Though all cannot live on the piazza,” as the Tuscan proverb has it, “every one may feel the sun.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • This time the carriage stopped; a slender hand gloved in black let down the window, and beckoned to the Tuscan deputy.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • It has been suggested that it stands for Maia, a name of the Tuscan goddess.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • The Tuscan arch, where the extrados takes the form of a pointed arch.

British Dictionary definitions for Tuscan


of or relating to Tuscany, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Italian
of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a column with an unfluted shaft and a capital and base with mouldings but no decoration See also Ionic, composite (sense 4), Doric, Corinthian
a native or inhabitant of Tuscany
any of the dialects of Italian spoken in Tuscany, esp the dialect of Florence: the standard form of Italian
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Word Origin and History for Tuscan

late 14c., from Italian Toscano, from Late Latin Tuscanus "belonging to the Tusci," a race of ancient Italy, from Tuscus, earlier *Truscus, shortened form of Etruscus (cf. Etruscan).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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