[ tuhs-kuh n ]
/ ˈtʌs kən /


of, relating to, or characteristic of Tuscany, its people, or their dialect.
Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders: developed in Rome, it is basically a simplified Roman Doric, with unfluted columns and with no decoration other than moldings.Compare composite(def 3), Corinthian(def 2), Doric(def 3), Ionic(def 1).


the standard literary form of the Italian language.
any Italian dialect of Tuscany.
a native of Tuscany.

Origin of Tuscan

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Tuscānus Etruscan, equivalent to Tusc(ī) the Etruscans + -ānus -an

Related forms

non-Tus·can, adjective, noun

Can be confused

Texan Tucson Tuscan
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British Dictionary definitions for tuscan


/ (ˈtʌskən) /


of or relating to Tuscany, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Italian
of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a column with an unfluted shaft and a capital and base with mouldings but no decorationSee also Ionic, composite (def. 4), Doric, Corinthian


a native or inhabitant of Tuscany
any of the dialects of Italian spoken in Tuscany, esp the dialect of Florence: the standard form of Italian
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