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[vuh-nee-shuh n] /vəˈni ʃən/
of or relating to Venice or its inhabitants.
pertaining to or designating a style of painting developed in Venice principally during the 15th and 16th centuries, characterized chiefly by rich, often warm colors and the illusion of deep space.
in or in imitation of the style typical of Venice:
Venetian architecture.
a native or inhabitant of Venice.
(lowercase) venetian blind.
venetians, a tape or braid for supporting the slats of a venetian blind.
Also called Venetian cloth. Textiles.
  1. a wool or worsted fabric made in satin or twill weave and sometimes napped, used in the manufacture of lightweight coats, suits, skirts, and dresses.
  2. a cotton fabric constructed in satin or twill weave, used chiefly for linings.
Origin of Venetian
1400-50; < Medieval Latin Venetiānus, equivalent to Veneti(a) Venice + Latin -ānus -an; replacing Middle English Venicien < Middle French
Related forms
non-Venetian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Genoese and Venetian traders came with their stores of Eastern goods.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The Venetian shutters often had to be lowered in the summer to attenuate the great heat.

  • He then took from the file one of the Venetian glasses of clouded white.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The green Venetian blind had fallen, hiding the window, hiding the stranger's face.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He wrote to the Venetian Senate to announce the cardinal's death on July 20.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for Venetian


of, relating to, or characteristic of Venice or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Venice
(sometimes not capital) one of the tapes that join the slats of a Venetian blind
a cotton or woollen cloth used for linings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Venetian

early 15c., "native or resident of Venice," from Medieval Latin Venetianus, from Venetia (see Venice). Also probably in part from Old French Venicien. As a kind of dress cloth, from 1710. Venetian blinds so called by 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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