Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To give something Italian characteristics
  • verb intransitive To adopt an Italian way of life, or Italian manners

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?

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • 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 — Complete

  • 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.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • 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

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