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

  • An island of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea south of Corsica. Settled by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians before the sixth century BC, the island was taken by Rome in 238 BC and later fell to the Vandals (fifth century AD) 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 noun An island and region of Italy.

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

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


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From Latin Sardinia, from Ancient Greek.



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