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

  • An island of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea south of Corsica. Settled by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians before the sixth century B.C., the island was taken by Rome in 238 B.C. and later fell to the Vandals (fifth century A.D.) and the Byzantines (early sixth century). Numerous European powers controlled the island before 1720, when it passed to the House of Savoy and became the nucleus of the Kingdom of Sardinia. Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became the first king of Italy in 1861.

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  • proper n. An island and region of Italy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the Italian region on the island of Sardinia; the kingdom of Sardinia was the nucleus for uniting Italy during the 19th century
  • n. an island in the Mediterranean to the west of Italy


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From Latin Sardinia, from Ancient Greek.



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