Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give an Italian aspect to.
  • intransitive v. To adopt Italian speech, manners, or customs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give something Italian characteristics
  • v. To adopt an Italian way of life, or Italian manners

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To play the Italian; to speak Italian.
  • intransitive v. To render Italian in any respect; to Italianate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play the Italian; speak Italian.
  • To render Italian; impart an Italian quality or character to.
  • Also spelled Italianise.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Batali's corn is "as the Italians might do it" (grilled, rolled in oil and balsamic vinegar and again in grated Parmesan), but he does not try to "Italianize" the burger.

    Throw It All On The Grill

  • "With a program like this it's still trash television, and it would be unfortunate if they don't de-Italianize the program."

    "Jersey Shore" Dropping The Guidos?

  • Kelly: On a similar note -- why did you feel the need to Italianize the names of the Shakespeare characters in you book?

    New Interview: David Blixt, Author of Master of Verona

  • Thus it will be seen that efforts were required to Italianize these places.

    The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2

  • Sir FREDERIC COWEN, who presided, said that whereas in the last century it was the common practice of British singers to Italianize their surnames, we had now gone to the opposite extreme of an aggressive insularity.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 1, 1914

  • The demurest of fuliginous intriguers argued that Brail stone was but doing the spiriting required of him, and would have to pay the penalty unrewarded, let him Italianize as much as he pleased.

    The Amazing Marriage — Volume 5

  • The ineradicable divisions of Guelf and Ghibelline were a heavy price to pay for a step forward on the path of emancipation; nor was the ecclesiastical revolution, which tended to Italianize the Papacy, while it magnified its cosmopolitan ascendency, other than a source of evil to the nation.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) The Age of the Despots

  • Exceptional non-Italian operas occasionally broke through this hegemony, but only when considerable effort had been expended to Italianize them. [

    Scott Repatriated?: La Dame blanche Crosses the Channel

  • M. Concino Concini, and his wife Galligai, who subsequently shone at the French court, sought to Italianize the fashion, and introduced some Florentine tailors; but Percerin, touched to the quick in his patriotism and his self-esteem, entirely defeated these foreigners, and that so well, that Concino was the first to give up his compatriots, and held the French tailor in such esteem that he would never employ any other; and thus wore a doublet of his on the very day that Vitry blew out his brains with his pistol at the Pont du Louvre.

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Or Ten Years Later being the completion of "The Three Musketeers" And "Twenty Years After"

  • M. Concino Concini, and his wife Galligai, who subsequently shone at the French court, sought to Italianize the fashion, and introduced some Florentine tailors; but Percerin, touched to the quick in his patriotism and his self-esteem, entirely defeated these foreigners, and that so well that Concino was the first to give up his compatriots, and held the French tailor in such esteem that he would never employ any other, and thus wore a doublet of his on the very day that Vitry blew out his brains with a pistol at the Pont du Louvre.

    The Man in the Iron Mask

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