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A true italic font (bottom).

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Named after the nation of Italy, as it was first used by an Italian printer, Aldo Manuzio, around 1500. Literally Italy +‎ -ic.


  • (UK) enPR: ĭtălʹĭk, IPA(key): /ɪˈtælɪk/
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  • (US) enPR: ĭtălʹĭk, ītălʹĭk, IPA(key): /ɪˈtælɪk/, /aɪˈtælɪk/


italic (not comparable)

  1. (typography, of a typeface or font) Designed to resemble a handwriting style developed in Italy in the 16th century.
  2. (typography, of a typeface or font) Having letters that slant or lean to the right; oblique.
    The text was impossible to read: every other word was underlined or in a bold or italic font.

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An oblique "italic" font.
  • The sense of “oblique” is more recent, and still sometimes criticized, but is now by far the more common sense in everyday use.



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italic (plural italics)

Calligraphy in italic.
  1. (typography) A typeface in which the letters slant to the right.
    • 1902, Theodore Low DeVinne, The Practice of Typography: Correct Composition[1], page 104:
      Names of vessels, as the Kearsarge or the Alabama, are frequently put in italic.
    • 1983, Ida M. Kimber, The Art of Lettering[2], translation of original by Albert Kapr, page 329:
      [] ROBERT GRANJON, possibly in collaboration with CLAUDE GARAMOND, had created an italic which matched Garamond Roman.
  2. An oblique handwriting style, such as used by Italian calligraphers of the Renaissance.
    • 1990, Albert Charles Hamilton, The Spenser Encyclopedia[3], →ISBN, page 345:
      Spenser uses two different scripts: an Elizabethan secretary hand for English texts, and an italic 'mixed' with secretary graphs for Latin texts []


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Borrowed from French italique, from Latin italicus. By surface analysis, Italia +‎ -ic.


italic m or n (feminine singular italică, masculine plural italici, feminine and neuter plural italice)

  1. italic
  2. Italic