[vuh-nee-shuh n]


of or relating to Venice or its inhabitants.
pertaining to or designating a style of painting developed in Venice principally during the 15th and 16th centuries, characterized chiefly by rich, often warm colors and the illusion of deep space.
in or in imitation of the style typical of Venice: Venetian architecture.


Origin of Venetian

1400–50; < Medieval Latin Venetiānus, equivalent to Veneti(a) Venice + Latin -ānus -an; replacing Middle English Venicien < Middle French
Related formsnon-Ve·ne·tian, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of venetian

Historical Examples of venetian

  • Genoese and Venetian traders came with their stores of Eastern goods.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • The Venetian shutters often had to be lowered in the summer to attenuate the great heat.

  • He then took from the file one of the Venetian glasses of clouded white.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • The green Venetian blind had fallen, hiding the window, hiding the stranger's face.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He wrote to the Venetian Senate to announce the cardinal's death on July 20.

British Dictionary definitions for venetian



of, relating to, or characteristic of Venice or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Venice
(sometimes not capital) one of the tapes that join the slats of a Venetian blind
a cotton or woollen cloth used for linings
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Word Origin and History for venetian


early 15c., "native or resident of Venice," from Medieval Latin Venetianus, from Venetia (see Venice). Also probably in part from Old French Venicien. As a kind of dress cloth, from 1710. Venetian blinds so called by 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper