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Tuscan

[tuhs-kuh n]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Tuscany, its people, or their dialect.
  2. Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders: developed in Rome, it is basically a simplified Roman Doric, with unfluted columns and with no decoration other than moldings.Compare composite(def 3), Corinthian(def 2), Doric(def 3), Ionic(def 1).
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noun
  1. the standard literary form of the Italian language.
  2. any Italian dialect of Tuscany.
  3. a native of Tuscany.
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Origin of Tuscan

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Tuscānus Etruscan, equivalent to Tusc(ī) the Etruscans + -ānus -an
Related formsnon-Tus·can, adjective, noun
Can be confusedTexan Tucson Tuscan
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  • Though all cannot live on the piazza,” as the Tuscan proverb has it, “every one may feel the sun.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • The Tuscan looked at him with all the scarcely-veiled contempt of the North for the South.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • It has been suggested that it stands for Maia, a name of the Tuscan goddess.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Vertumnus had a statue in the Tuscan Way in Rome, and a temple.

    The Book of Hallowe'en

    Ruth Edna Kelley

  • Yet this is just the weather in which Tuscan landscape looks its loveliest.

    New Italian sketches

    John Addington Symonds


British Dictionary definitions for tuscan

Tuscan

adjective
  1. of or relating to Tuscany, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Italian
  2. of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a column with an unfluted shaft and a capital and base with mouldings but no decorationSee also Ionic, composite (def. 4), Doric, Corinthian
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Tuscany
  2. any of the dialects of Italian spoken in Tuscany, esp the dialect of Florence: the standard form of Italian
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Word Origin and History for tuscan

Tuscan

late 14c., from Italian Toscano, from Late Latin Tuscanus "belonging to the Tusci," a race of ancient Italy, from Tuscus, earlier *Truscus, shortened form of Etruscus (cf. Etruscan).

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