italic[i tal′ik, ī-]
- The definition of italic is a type style where the letters are slanted upward to the right, or something that relates to ancient Italy.
- An example of an italic font is the font used to emphasize the name of a book.
- An example of Italic is the ancient history of Italy.
- Italic is defined as a printed letter that is slanted upward to the right, or a language of the Indo-European language family.
- An example of italic is the font used in the word this: this.
- An example of Italic is a language that belongs to the same family as Latin and Umabrian.
designating or of a type in which the characters slant upward to the right, used variously, as to emphasize words, indicate foreign words, set off book titles, etc. (Ex.: this is italic type)
Origin of italicsee Italic: so called because first used in an Italian edition of Virgil (1501)
- an italic letter or other character
- italic type or print
a branch of the Indo-European language family, including Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, and other languages of ancient Italy, as well as Latin's descendants, the Romance languages
Origin of ItalicClassical Latin Italicus
- of these languages
- of ancient Italy or its peoples or cultures
- Of or relating to ancient Italy or its peoples or cultures.
- Of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, and the Romance languages.
- 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.
- The Italic branch of Indo-European.
- often italics Italic print or typeface.
Origin of ItalicLatin Italicus, from Italia, Italy.
- (typography, of a typeface or font) Designed to resemble a handwriting style developed in Italy in the 16th century.
- (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.
- The sense of “oblique” is more recent, and still sometimes criticized, but is now by far the more common sense in everyday use.
- Of or relating to the Italian peninsula.
- (linguistics) Pertaining to a subfamily of the Centum branch of the Indo-European language family, that includes Latin and other languages (as Oscan, Umbrian) spoken by the peoples of ancient Italy and also the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, etc.); the group of ancient languages of this branch as contrasted with the modern Romance languages; Osco-Umbrian
- The ancient Italic languages that are now extinct include Oscan, Umbrian, and South Picene.
- (ancient history) Pertaining to various peoples that lived in Italy before the establishment of the Roman Empire, or to any of several alphabet systems used by those peoples for writing their languages.
- There were several Italic alphabets, one being the Etruscan alphabet.
- An Italic language.
Via Latin from Ancient Greek Ἰταλικός (Italikos), from Ἰταλία (Italia, “Italy”).