Language Varieties, Place Namesof or pertaining to Italy, its people, or their language.
Language Varietiesa native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.
Language Varietiesa Romance language, the language of Italy, official also in Switzerland. Abbr.: It, It., Ital.
Medieval Latin Italiānus. See Italy, -an
1350–1400; Middle English
The pronunciation of Italian with an initial
(i tal′yən),USA pronunciation sound (pronounced like the word eye ) and often with level stress on the first and second syllables:
(i tal′yən),USA pronunciation is heard primarily from uneducated speakers. This pronunciation is sometimes facetious or disparaging in purpose and is usually considered offensive.
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
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Italy, or a descendant of one
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language