UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪˈtæljən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪˈtælyən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(i talyən)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
I•tal•ian /ɪˈtælyən/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to Italy.
  2. of or relating to the language spoken in Italy.

  1. [countable] a person born or living in Italy.
  2. [uncountable] the language spoken in Italy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
I•tal•ian  (i talyən),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Language Varieties, Place Namesof or pertaining to Italy, its people, or their language.

  1. Language Varietiesa native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.
  2. Language Varietiesa Romance language, the language of Italy, official also in Switzerland. Abbr.: It, It., Ital.
I•tal′ian•esque, adj. 
  • Medieval Latin Italiānus. See Italy, -an
  • 1350–1400; Middle English
    The pronunciation of Italian with an initial (i talyən),USA pronunciation sound (pronounced like the word eye ) and often with level stress on the first and second syllables: (i talyən),USA pronunciation is heard primarily from uneducated speakers. This pronunciation is sometimes facetious or disparaging in purpose and is usually considered offensive.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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
  1. relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language
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