Synonyms of Italy
language note:Italian has given English a great number of loan words for the arts, particularly musical terms. Some musical terms, which originally referred to quite specific parts of a musical composition or its performers, now can be applied more generally. For example, coda (literally 'tail') and segue (literally 'follows'), originally meant the concluding part of a piece of music, and a transition from one piece of music to another without stopping, respectively. Coda now has the broader meaning 'concluding statement', particularly in narratives of people's lives, e.g. He is sanguine about this unfortunate coda to his career. In the same fashion, segue is now applied to a link between two ideas or texts, especially in speech-making or news-reading, e.g. He tried to think of a segue from Yankee Doodle to the New York Yankees. Another group of borrowings, which can also now be used outside the field of music, relate to performers, including maestro, diva, and prima donna. In music, a maestro (literally 'master') is a teacher, conductor, or leading musician. This term now more broadly refers to a leader in any profession or art, e.g. batting maestro, fashion maestro. Diva (literally 'goddess') and prima donna (literally 'first lady') both describe a female lead singer. Both have developed connotations of women who are temperamental and demanding. Diva, however, still mainly describes women in musical professions, whereas prima donna is a term often used of celebrities.
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Thesaurus for Italy from the Collins English Thesaurus
a republic in S Europe, occupying a peninsula in the Mediterranean between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic Seas, with the islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the west: first united under the Romans but became fragmented into numerous political units in...