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Italianate

[adjective ih-tal-yuh-neyt, -nit; verb ih-tal-yuh-neyt] /adjective ɪˈtæl yəˌneɪt, -nɪt; verb ɪˈtæl yəˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
Italianized; conforming to the Italian type or style or to Italian customs, manners, etc.
2.
Art. in the style of Renaissance or Baroque Italy.
3.
Architecture. noting or pertaining to a mid-Victorian American style remotely based on Romanesque vernacular residential and castle architecture of the Italian countryside, but sometimes containing Renaissance and Baroque elements.
verb (used with object), Italianated, Italianating.
4.
to Italianize.
Origin of Italianate
1560-1570
From the Italian word italianato, dating back to 1560-70. See Italian, -ate1
Related forms
Italianately, adverb
Italianation, noun
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  • Mr. Brokenshire's richly Italianate dwelling was to her just a house.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • Mr. Bolster's house was a pretentious building in the Italianate Gothic style, with Byzantine and other features.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • Near the house was an Italianate garden, with balustradings and statuary, and a great wealth of roses and flowering shrubs.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • His endeavour has been to be Italianate, and "of all styles I most affect and strive to imitate Aretine's."

  • There is that Italianate sob in the voice as they demand Poulet roti au salade!

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • One expects a classic severity and simplicity, and instead it is paint and Italianate curves.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas
  • The choir stalls (1520-29) are masterpieces; Italianate fawns and Bacchantes are placed beside sacred personages.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • This was a tall, graceful Italianate man, who carried his fifty years with the grace and ease of thirty.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Against the fair, boyish face of Nevers you had to set the saturnine Italianate countenance of Gonzague.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
British Dictionary definitions for Italianate

Italianate

/ɪˈtæljənɪt; -ˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
Italian in style or character
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Word Origin and History for Italianate
adj.

1570s, from Italian Italianato "rendered Italian," from Italiano (see Italian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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