AskDefine | Define italic

Dictionary Definition

italic adj
1 characterized by slanting characters; "italic characters"
2 of or relating to the Italic languages; "ancient Italic dialects"


1 a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
2 a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is the chief representative [syn: Italic language]
3 a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right

User Contributed Dictionary

see Italic



  1. Designed to resemble a handwriting style developed in Italy in the 16th century.
  2. typography of a typeface or font Having letters that slant or lean to the right; oblique.
    The text was impossible to read: every other word was underlined or in a bold or italic font.

Usage notes

  • The sense of “oblique” is more recent, and still sometimes criticized, but is now by far the more common sense in everyday use.



having a slant to the right

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Italic means "of or from Italy". The term is most commonly used to refer to the people and languages of what is now Italy from the historic period before the Roman Empire.
It may especially refer to:

See also

italic in Spanish: Itálica (desambiguación)
italic in Galician: Itálica
italic in Korean: 이탤릭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ascender, autograph, autographic, back, bastard type, beard, belly, bevel, black letter, body, calligraphic, cap, capital, case, chirographic, counter, cursive, descender, em, en, engrossed, face, fat-faced type, feet, flowing, font, graphic, graphoanalytic, graphologic, graphometric, groove, holograph, holographic, in longhand, in shorthand, in writing, inscribed, italicized, letter, ligature, logotype, longhand, lower case, majuscule, manuscript, minuscule, nick, on paper, penciled, penned, pi, pica, point, print, printed, roman, running, sans serif, script, scriptorial, scriptural, shank, shorthand, shoulder, small cap, small capital, stamp, stem, stylographic, type, type body, type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, upper case, written
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