[ ih-tal-yuh-niz-uhm ]

  1. an Italian practice, trait, or idiom.

  2. Italian quality or spirit.

Origin of Italianism

First recorded in 1585–95; Italian + -ism

Other words from Italianism

  • an·ti-I·tal·ian·ism, noun
  • pro-I·tal·ian·ism, noun

Words Nearby Italianism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Italianism in a sentence

  • All that was essentially Spanish was for the time forgotten, submerged in an imported Italianism.

    The Story of Seville | Walter M. Gallichan
  • We see in this the first blow struck at the triumphant Italianism.

    Handel | Romain Rolland
  • He was not suited to strive with Bononcini on the ground of Italianism.

    Handel | Romain Rolland
  • But it was its pure Italianism that prevented it from winning immediate success in Paris.

    How Music Developed | W. J. Henderson
  • Here, therefore, is to be found an even deeper fear of Italianism, and here still sterner methods are employed to stamp it out.

British Dictionary definitions for Italianism


Italicism (ɪˈtælɪˌsɪzəm)

/ (ɪˈtæljəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. an Italian custom or style

  2. Italian quality or life, or the cult of either

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