English Words of Italian Origin

English Words of Italian Origin
  • Arcade: A covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side
  • Archipelago: A group of many islands in a large body of water
  • Assassin: A murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed
  • Balustrade: A railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
  • Bandit: An armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band
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  • Bizarre: Conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
  • Bravo: A murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed/A cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance.
  • Bravura: Brilliant and showy technical skill
  • Buffoon: A person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
  • Cadenza: A brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
  • Caliber: A degree or grade of excellence or worth/Diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  • Dilettante: An amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
  • Extravaganza: Any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
  • Facade: The face or front of a building/A showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
  • Fascism: A political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government (as opposed to democracy or liberalism)
  • Fiasco: A sudden and violent collapse
  • Fresco: A mural done with water colors on wet paste
  • Ghetto: Formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live/Any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping
  • Graffiti: A rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
  • Grotesque: Distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
  • Illuminati: People who profess special spiritual or intellectual enlightenment
  • Impresario: A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments
  • Maestro: An artist of consummate skill
  • Motto: A favorite saying of a sect or political group
  • Partisan: Devoted to a cause or party
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  • Portico: A porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area
  • Propaganda: Information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
  • Torso: The body excluding the head and neck and limbs
  • Virtuoso: Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  • Zany: Like a clown/Ludicrous, foolish
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