avanti

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin abante.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aˈvanti/, [äˈvän̪.t̪i]
  • Hyphenation: a‧vàn‧ti

Adjective[edit]

avanti ‎(invariable)

  1. (dated, of time units, succeeds noun) previous, prior, last
    La settimana avanti.
    Last week.

Adverb[edit]

avanti

  1. forward, ahead, onward
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto XXI, p. 321 vv. 91-93:
      Per ch'io mi mossi e a lui venni ratto, ¶ e i diavoli si fecer tutti avanti, ¶ sì ch'io temetti ch'ei tenesser patto; [...]
      Wherefore I started and came swiftly to him, ¶ and all the devils forward thrust themselves, ¶ so that I feared they would not keep their compact; [...]
  2. (dated, rare) before, ere (followed by di or che)
    Deve pensare molto avanti di decidere.
    He needs to think a lot before deciding.
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto III, p. 45 vv. 118-120:
      Così sen vanno su per l'onda bruna, ¶ e avanti che sien di là discese, ¶ anche di qua nuova schiera s'auna.
      So they depart across the dusky wave, ¶ and ere upon the other side they land ¶ again on this side a new troop assembles.
  3. (dated, rare) rather than (followed by che)
    Vorrei morire avanti che commettere una simile azione.
    I'd rather die than doing such a thing.

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

avanti!

  1. come in!
  2. come on! (expressing encouragement)

Preposition[edit]

avanti

  1. (dated, rare) before, in front of (a place) (may or may not be followed by a)
    Avanti a lui.
    In front of him.
    Avanti casa.
    In front of the house.
  2. (dated) before (in time)
    Avanti l'alba.
    Before dawn.

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Noun[edit]

avanti m ‎(plural avanti)

  1. (soccer, rugby, waterpolo) player whose main objective is scoring points; forward

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelo Prati, "Vocabolario Etimologico Italiano", Torino, 1951

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