I·tal·ic (ĭ-tălĭk, ī-tăl-)
1. Of or relating to ancient Italy or its peoples or cultures.
2. Of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, and the Romance languages.
3. italic Of or being a style of printing type patterned on a Renaissance script with the letters slanting to the right: This sentence is printed in italic type.
1. The Italic branch of Indo-European.
2. often italics Italic print or typeface.
[Latin Italicus, from Italia, Italy.]
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