Lengua inglesa
1 Italian.
2 Italy.

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abbreviation italic.

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adjective belonging or relating to Italy, a republic in S Europe, its inhabitants or their language.
1 a citizen or inhabitant of, or person born in, Italy.
2 the official language of Italy, also spoken in parts of Switzerland.
3 colloq
a a restaurant that serves Italian food;
b a meal in one of these restaurants went out for an Italian .
[15c: from Latin Italianus , from Italia Italy]

Pronunciation of Italian in English || gl should strictly be pronounced , close to its Italian pronunciation, eg in zabaglione , but it is increasingly being pronounced , eg especially in tagliatelle, Modigliani . || gh is pronounced , as in spaghetti . || gn is pronounced , as in gnocchi . || g before e or i is pronounced , as in arpeggio . || ch is pronounced , as in Chianti . c before e or i is pronounced , as in ciao . || z at the beginning of a word is pronounced , but within a word is pronounced or , as in scherzo and intermezzo .

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adjective said especially of decoration, architecture or art: done in an Italian style.

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1 said of a typeface: containing characters which slope upwards to the right.
2 (Italic) belonging or relating to ancient Italy.
3 (Italic) denoting a group of Indo-European languages spoken in ancient Italy, including Latin.
1 (usu italics) a typeface with characters which slope upwards to the right, usually used to show emphasis, foreign words, etc.
2 a character written or printed in this typeface. Compare roman.
3 the Italic languages.
[16c: from Greek Italikos , from Latin Italia Italy]

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