- a large island in the Mediterranean, W of Italy: with small nearby islands it comprises a department of Italy. 9301 sq. mi. (24,090 sq. km).
- a former kingdom 1720–1860, including this island and Savoy, Piedmont, and Genoa (after 1815) in NW Italy: ruled by the House of Savoy. Capital: Turin.
Examples from the Web for sardinia
The miner crisis is the latest in a series of austerity-driven protests across the island of Sardinia.
Closures of schools, hospitals, and mines and factories like the ones in Sardinia are the direct results of the austerity cuts.
By the time Putin joined Berlusconi on his n-th trip to Sardinia, in 2003, they were already on hugging terms.Berlusconi and Putin Pillow Talk
December 2, 2010
German forces were built up in Greece and Sardinia, which proved disastrous for the Nazis.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
May 16, 2010
This summer the 72-year-old media mogul is only spending a handful of days in Sardinia.Too Sexy for Italy?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 15, 2009
The king of Sardinia also wrote to him, and sent a gold box set with diamonds.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The latter instruments were applied to the Sardinia, Malta, and Corfu cable.Heroes of the Telegraph
We have a project which requires our presence in the island of Sardinia.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
From these he led me on to others of a larger kind in Sardinia, and ultimately in Morocco.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
These creatures first appeared on Earth on the island of Sardinia.The Mathematicians
- the second-largest island in the Mediterranean: forms, with offshore islands, an administrative region of Italy; ceded to Savoy by Austria in 1720 in exchange for Sicily and formed the Kingdom of Sardinia with Piedmont; became part of Italy in 1861. Capital: Cagliari. Pop: 1 637 639 (2003 est). Area: 24 089 sq km (9301 sq miles)Italian name: Sardegna
Word Origin and History for sardinia
large island west of Italy, Latin, from Greek Sardo; perhaps named for the local Iberian people who settled there; the original form and meaning of the name is lost. A Punic (Phoenician) stelle from 7c. B.C.E. refers to it as Shardan. The oblique cases are sometimes Sardonos, etc., as if from *Sardon. Related: Sardinian.