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[edit] italic

i-TAL-ick

noun

Etymology

1612, from Latin italicus, Italian, so called because it was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, printer of Venice, and first used in an edition of Virgil dedicated to Italy. Earlier (1571) the word was used for the plain, sloping style of handwriting, as opposed to Gothic. Italicize "to print in italics" (for emphasis, etc.) is from 1795. [1]

Definition
  1. of or relating to ancient Italy or its peoples or cultures
  2. of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, and the Romance languages
  3. of or being a style of printing type patterned on a Renaissance script with the letters slanting to the right: This sentence is printed in italic type. [2]
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