Of or relating to Italy or its people, language, or culture.
a. A native or inhabitant of Italy.
b. A person of Italian ancestry.
2. The Romance language of the Italians and an official language of Switzerland.
[Middle English, from Latin Italiānus, from Italia, Italy.]
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