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Italy definition

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This page has two definitions of Italy in English. Italy is a proper noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

Map of Italy.

Etymology

From Middle English Italy, Italie, from Old English Italia (Italy), from Latin Italia (Italy), via Ancient Greek Ῑ̓ταλίᾱ (Ītalíā), from Oscan 𐌅𐌝𐌕𐌄𐌋𐌉𐌞 (víteliú). Usually explained as a cognate of vitulus (calf), thus meaning "land of young bulls" in Oscan. In that case, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wet- (year). According to some ancient Greek authors, named after a king Italus or Italos, whose kingdom was on the peninsula.

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Italy

  1. A country in southern Europe. Official name: Italian Republic.
    • 1868, E. S. G. S., Italy and her capital, page 170:
      Rome is the heart of Italy [...]. She was, is, and must ever be, her capital.
    • 19th century, Thomas Hodgkin, Italy and her invaders, title:
      Italy and her invaders
  2. Synonym of Apennine Peninsula

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