niente

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an earlier neente, either, from Latin ne gentem ("no person, no one")[1] or from nec entem or ne entem [2], [3] Template:dubious, or from ne inde[4]. Compare Sicilian nenti, French néant.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈnjɛn.te/, [ˈn̺jɛn̪t̪e]
  • Rhymes: -ɛnte
  • Stress: niènte
  • Hyphenation: nien‧te

Pronoun[edit]

niente

  1. nothing
    Cosa fai? Niente. - What are you doing? Nothing.
  2. anything
    Hai bisogno di niente? - Do you need anything?
    Non voglio niente da mangiare. - I don't want anything to eat.

Adjective[edit]

niente

  1. no, (after a negative) any
    Niente bugie! - No lies!

Adverb[edit]

niente

  1. at all
  2. nothing, anything

Noun[edit]

niente m ‎(invariable)

  1. nothing

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sapere.it/enciclopedia/ni%C3%A8nte.html
  2. ^ http://etimo.it/?term=niente
  3. ^ http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/ricerca/?q=niente
  4. ^ http://www.treccani.it/vocabolario/niente/