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Italian

[ ih-tal-yuhn ]
/ ɪˈtæl yən /
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adjective
of or relating to Italy, its people, or their language.
noun
a native or inhabitant of Italy, or a person of Italian descent.
a Romance language, the language of Italy, official also in Switzerland. Abbreviation: It, It., Ital.

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Origin of Italian

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word Italiānus.See Italy, -an

how to pronounce Italian

The pronunciation of Italian with an initial [ahy] /aɪ/ sound (pronounced like the word eye ) and often with level stress on the first and second syllables: [ahy-tal-yuhn] /ˈaɪˈtæl yən/ is heard primarily from uneducated speakers. This pronunciation is sometimes facetious or disparaging in purpose and is usually considered offensive.

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British Dictionary definitions for Italian

Italian
/ (ɪˈtæljən) /

noun
the official language of Italy and one of the official languages of Switzerland: the native language of approximately 60 million people. It belongs to the Romance group of the Indo-European family, and there is a considerable diversity of dialects
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Italy, or a descendant of one
adjective
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Italy, its inhabitants, or their language
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