Italy Definition


A country in southern Europe, one of the states of the European Union. Official name: The Italian Republic (in Italian, la Repubblica Italiana).


A peninsula in the Mediterranean, occupied by the countries of Italy, San Marino and the Vatican.


Origin of Italy

  • From Middle English Italy, Italie, from Old English Italia (“Italy”), from Latin Ītalia (“Italy”), via Ancient Greek Ἰταλία (Ītaliā), from Oscan (Víteliú) (a name for the southwestern tip of the boot of Italy), meaning "land of bulls" in Oscan; usually assumed to be a cognate of vitulus (“calf”), despite the different length of the i.

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