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Italy

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  1. a republic in S Europe, comprising a peninsula S of the Alps, and Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, and other smaller islands: a kingdom 1870–1946. 116,294 sq. mi. (301,200 sq. km). Capital: Rome.
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  • Besides visiting Italy he explored Sicily, and kept a journal of his tour.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It was unfortunate as to time, owing to the condition of affairs in Italy.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Handel declined the invitation, but resolved to go to Italy as soon as he could do so "on his own bottom."

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • And after that we undertook another little campaign in Italy.

  • My cousin Morden is the other—he is in Italy, and very probably may be set against me too.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for italy

Italy

noun
  1. a republic in S Europe, occupying a peninsula in the Mediterranean between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic Seas, with the islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the west: first united under the Romans but became fragmented into numerous political units in the Middle Ages; united kingdom proclaimed in 1861; under the dictatorship of Mussolini (1922–43); became a republic in 1946; a member of the European Union. It is generally mountainous, with the Alps in the north and the Apennines running the length of the peninsula. Official language: Italian. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Rome. Pop: 61 482 297 (2013 est) Area: 301 247 sq km (116 312 sq miles)Italian name: Italia
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Word Origin and History for italy

Italy

from Latin Italia, from Greek Italia, perhaps from an alteration of Oscan Viteliu "Italy," but originally only the southwestern point of the peninsula, traditionally from Vitali, name of a tribe that settled in Calabria, whose name is perhaps somehow connected with Latin vitulus "calf," or perhaps the country name is directly from vitulus as "land of cattle," or it might be from an Illyrian word, or an ancient or legendary ruler Italus.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

italy in Culture

Italy

Republic in southern Europe, jutting into the Mediterranean Sea as a boot-shaped peninsula, surrounded on the east, south, and west by arms of the Mediterranean, and bordered to the northwest by France, to the north by Switzerland and Austria, and to the northeast by Yugoslavia. The country includes the large islands of Sicily and Sardinia, as well as many smaller islands, such as Capri. Its capital and largest city is Rome.

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Italy was the core of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire from the fourth century b.c. to the fifth century a.d.

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Beginning in the fourteenth century, the Italian Renaissance brought Europe out of the Middle Ages with its outstanding contributions to the arts. To this day, Italy continues to be associated with great artistic achievement and is home to countless masterpieces.

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Under the fascist leadership of Benito Mussolini (see fascism), Italy began colonization in Africa and entered a military alliance with Germany and Japan. These countries were known as the Axis powers in World War II.

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Italy has been a member of NATO since 1949.

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Italian cooking, featuring pasta, has become a staple of the American diet.
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