itālis

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See also: italis

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Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Latin ītalus, itself possibly a borrowing from Oscan [script needed] (Víteliú), a name for the southwestern tip of the boot of Italy (today's Calabria), possibly a cognate of Latin vitulus (calf), meaning perhaps “land of cattle.” Other theories include the name of a ancient or legendary leader Italus, or also an old borrowing from Illyrian.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

itālis m (2nd declension, feminine form: itāliete)

  1. Italic; a member of the ancient Italic peoples of primitive Italy
    (usually plural) itāļi, the Italic peoples
  2. Italian (i.e., a man born in Italy)
  3. (genitive plural) Italian; pertainig to Italy and its people
    itāļu valoda — the Italian language

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Usage notes[edit]

The noun itālietis is preferred in almost all senses; itālis is most often used in the plural itāļi to refer to the Italic peoples of ancient (pre-Roman) Italy. The only exception is the name of the Italian language, for which itāļu valoda is as frequent as itāliešu valoda.

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