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Via Latin from Ancient Greek Ἰταλικός (Italikós), from Ἰταλία (Italía, Italy).


Italic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the Italian peninsula.
  2. (Indo-European studies) Pertaining to a subfamily of the Centum branch of the Indo-European language family, that includes Latin and other languages (as Oscan, Umbrian) spoken by the peoples of ancient Italy and also the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, etc.); the group of ancient languages of this branch as contrasted with the modern Romance languages; Osco-Umbrian
    The ancient Italic languages that are now extinct include Oscan, Umbrian, and South Picene.
  3. (ancient history) Pertaining to various peoples that lived in Italy before the establishment of the Roman Empire, or to any of several alphabet systems used by those peoples for writing their languages.
    There were several Italic alphabets, one being the Etruscan alphabet.


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  1. An Italic language.


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