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Italianate

[adjective ih-tal-yuh-neyt, -nit; verb ih-tal-yuh-neyt]
adjective
  1. Italianized; conforming to the Italian type or style or to Italian customs, manners, etc.
  2. Art. in the style of Renaissance or Baroque Italy.
  3. Architecture. noting or pertaining to a mid-Victorian American style remotely based on Romanesque vernacular residential and castle architecture of the Italian countryside, but sometimes containing Renaissance and Baroque elements.
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verb (used with object), I·tal·ian·at·ed, I·tal·ian·at·ing.
  1. to Italianize.
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Origin of Italianate

From the Italian word italianato, dating back to 1560–70. See Italian, -ate1
Related formsI·tal·ian·ate·ly, adverbI·tal·ian·a·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Mr. Brokenshire's richly Italianate dwelling was to her just a house.

    The High Heart

    Basil King

  • Mr. Bolster's house was a pretentious building in the Italianate Gothic style, with Byzantine and other features.

    Upsidonia

    Archibald Marshall

  • Near the house was an Italianate garden, with balustradings and statuary, and a great wealth of roses and flowering shrubs.

    The Passionate Friends

    Herbert George Wells

  • His endeavour has been to be Italianate, and "of all styles I most affect and strive to imitate Aretine's."

  • There is that Italianate sob in the voice as they demand Poulet roti au salade!

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke


British Dictionary definitions for italianate

Italianate

Italianesque (ɪˌtæljəˈnɛsk)

adjective
  1. Italian in style or character
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Word Origin and History for italianate

Italianate

adj.

1570s, from Italian Italianato "rendered Italian," from Italiano (see Italian).

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