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plural noun
  1. an ancient people of NE Italy absorbed by Rome after the Second Punic War.
  2. an ancient Celtic people of Brittany, conquered by Julius Caesar, 56 b.c.
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Also Ven·e·tes [ven-i-teez] /ˈvɛn ɪˌtiz/.

Origin of Veneti

From Latin


  1. Also Venetia. Also called Ve·ne·to [ve-ne-taw] /ˈvɛ nɛ tɔ/. a region in NE Italy. 7095 sq. mi. (18,375 sq. km).
  2. Italian name of Venice.
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Examples from the Web for veneti

Historical Examples

  • Still, one thing is certain: the Veneti were not a primitive or barbarous people.


    Dorothy Menpes

  • To him the Veneti, or Venetians, have built a wonderful cathedral.

    Little Tony of Italy

    Madeline Brandeis

  • 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.

  • The most interesting episode is the creation of a fleet and the naval victory over the Veneti on the far-away coast of Brittany.

British Dictionary definitions for veneti


noun the Veneti
  1. (functioning as plural) an ancient people who established themselves at the head of the Adriatic around 950 bc, later becoming Roman subjects
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  1. the Italian name for Venice
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