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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. 2017.
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  • The Greek inhabitants gave no assistance to their Venetian masters.

  • Geographically it is simply the prolongation of the Venetian plain.

  • The next moment he fell, face downward, in the struggling mass, with a Venetian pike thrust through his thigh.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • A Venetian coin both in gold and silver; the former being £1, 17s.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A Venetian, no matter how rich he might be, would never dream of inviting you to a set meal.

    Venice Dorothy Menpes
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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