American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A historical region of northeast Italy between the Po River and the Alps. Named after the Veneti, a people who settled the area c. 1000 B.C., it was joined with Istria by Augustus to form a separate province. The area was devastated by the Huns in the 5th century, but its towns later became powerful communes, with Venice becoming dominant by the 15th century. It passed to Austria in 1797 and to Italy in 1866.
- n. A female given name of debated meaning used since the late Middle Ages.
- n. a region of northeastern Italy on the Adriatic
“Here I am, reading your "Vegas in Venetia" post a couple of days off April first.”
“Verona, the people of Padua and others who were powerful, continued to inhabit the marshes about Rivo Alto; and, in like manner, all the people of the province anciently called Venetia, driven by the same events, became collected in these marshes.”
“M.] 64 Si statim infesto agmine urbem petiissent, grande discrimen esset: sed in Venetia quo fere tractu Italia mollissima est, ipsa soli coelique clementia robur elanquit.”
“That power still is supreme in Venetia, which is one of the best portions of Italy, and which can be held by no foreign sovereign without endangering the whole Peninsula.”
“As his first move he besieged the city of Aquileia, the metropolis of Venetia, which is situated on a point or tongue of land by the Adriatic Sea.”
“In the course of the fourth century the city was the chief ecclesiastical centre for the region about the head of the Adriatic, afterwards known as Venetia and Istria.”
“The countries which we now call Venetia and Istria are parted from their northern neighbours by ranges (chiefly that known as the Julian Alps) which are indeed of bold and striking outline, but which are not what we generally understand by "Alpine" in their character, and which often do not rise to a greater elevation than four thousand feet.”
“This is your garden; it shall always be called Venetia's garden. ”
“I mean that your imagination, my lord, dwelling for the moment with great power upon the idea of Venetia, becomes inflamed, and your whole mind is filled with her image.”
“Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld after a suggestion by an 11-year-old girl from Oxford called Venetia Burney; and Charon is named after an underworld character who carried the souls of the dead across the river Styx, the river between the living and the dead.”
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