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  1. Italian Venezia. a seaport in NE Italy, built on numerous small islands in the Lagoon of Venice.
  2. Gulf of, the N arm of the Adriatic Sea.
  3. a town in SW Florida.
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Venice

noun
  1. a port in NE Italy, capital of Veneto region, built on over 100 islands and mud flats in the Lagoon of Venice (an inlet of the Gulf of Venice at the head of the Adriatic): united under the first doge in 697 ad; became an independent republic and a great commercial and maritime power, defeating Genoa, the greatest rival, in 1380; contains the Grand Canal and about 170 smaller canals, providing waterways for city transport. Pop: 271 073 (2001)Italian name: Venezia Related adjective: Venetian
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Word Origin and History for venice

Venice

from Medieval Latin Venetia, from Veneti (Greek Ouenetoi), name of an ancient people of Illyrian origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

venice in Culture

Venice

City in northeastern Italy, built on 118 islets within a lagoon in the Gulf of Venice, an arm of the Adriatic Sea.

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Venice is a tourist, commercial, and industrial center and one of Italy's major ports.

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Venice was governed as a republic for hundreds of years and long dominated trade between Europe and the Middle East.

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Instead of streets, Venice has canals, the Grand Canal serving as its main canal. People use gondolas and other boats to move about the city.

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Some of the city's landmarks are Saint Mark's Square, on which sits the Basilica of Saint Mark, the Bell Tower, the Palace of the Doges (the former rulers of the city), and the Academy of Fine Arts.

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The city houses the famous paintings of such Venetian masters as Titian, Tintoretto, and Paolo Veronese.

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Venice was sinking an average of one-fifth of an inch yearly until the middle 1970s, when the government restricted use of water from the city's underground wells.
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