- an ancient people of NE Italy absorbed by Rome after the Second Punic War.
- an ancient Celtic people of Brittany, conquered by Julius Caesar, 56 b.c.
Also Ven·e·tes [ven-i-teez] /ˈvɛn ɪˌtiz/.
Origin of Veneti
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Examples from the Web for veneti
Still, one thing is certain: the Veneti were not a primitive or barbarous people.Venice
To him the Veneti, or Venetians, have built a wonderful cathedral.Little Tony of Italy
Of their number are the Veneti,1474 who fought a naval battle with Cæsar.
From a tribe of the Veneti called Ossismii, who inhabited part of Bretagne.Old English Chronicles
The most interesting episode is the creation of a fleet and the naval victory over the Veneti on the far-away coast of Brittany.
- (functioning as plural) an ancient people who established themselves at the head of the Adriatic around 950 bc, later becoming Roman subjects
- the Italian name for Venice