109 Unique, Cool & Beautiful Italian Words to Warm Your Heart (2023)

Italian is considered the most seductively beautiful language in the world, and its beauty lies in its words. All of those elongated vowels and melodically rolling “r” make even the simplest of words sound elegant, emotional, and sweet.

There are over 450,000 words in the Italian language. I’ve always been fascinated with words. They’re more than just strings of letters. Words are powerful. Words define the shape of our understanding. Words inspire, motivate, comfort, challenge, move, touch, hurt, intrigue, and entice us. As a writer and translator, I’m so happy to have built a career around words.

In this article, you’ll find a list of the most awesome sounding words in the Italian language, plus cool words and phrases, beautiful Italian sayings, fun-to-say words, unique expressions with no English equivalent, and more!

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Beautiful Italian vocab

The Italian language is known for its fascinating history, richness of expressions, and beautiful-sounding words.

Make the most of the communicative power of the most beautiful words that the Italian language has to offer. A large vocabulary helps open our minds, improves our powers of expression and comprehension, and is essential to describe feelings and comment on the beauty of the world we live in.

Want to add idillio, aurora, evanescenza, and the most powerful, beautiful Italian words to your vocabulary? We’re here to help! Let’s get going with these aesthetically pleasing words, from the genuinely beautiful to the beautifully quirky.

Beautiful Italian words and meanings

The Italian language boasts a massive variety of words. It was no easy task to pick out the most beautiful Italian words out of an estimated total of 450,000, but we like challenging missions that require extra effort. Here are some words we think deserve the designation “beautiful.”

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What makes a word beautiful? I personally think a harmonious blend of sound and meaning is what makes a word pleasant to hear and say. We’ve put together what we consider the most beautiful Italian words with deep meaning and an elegant, unique sound. Some are just so poetic and fascinatingly expressive, while others sound so lovely they could be repeated over and over again for your daily dose of ASMR.

Enigmatico / enigmaticaEnigmatic[eniɡmˈatiko] [eniɡmˈatika]eh-neeg-mah-tee-koh / eh-neeg-mah-tee-kah
Magnetico / magneticaMagnetic[maɲˈɛtiko] [maɲˈɛtika]mahn-yeh-tee-koh / mahn-yeh-tee-kah
Azzurro / azzurraLight blue[ad͡zːˈurɾo] [ad͡zːˈurɾa]ah-tsoo-roh / ah-tsoo-rah
Etereo / etereaEthereal[etˈɛreo] [eterˈɛa]eh-teh-reh-oh / eh-teh-reh-ah
Squisito / squisitaExquisite, delicious[skwizˈito] [skwizˈita]skoo-ee-zee-toh / skoo-ee-zee-tah
FiammiferoMatch, matchstick[fjammˈifero]phee-ahm-mee-pheh-roh
IneffabileIneffable, impossible to describe[ineffˈabile]ee-neh-pha-bee-leh

Beautiful Italian phrases, sayings and idioms

One of the most important parts of Italian learning is mastering common sayings and idioms. There are a huge number of beautiful Italian sayings, phrases, idioms and expressions that are worth knowing.

Learning them will not only enrich your vocabulary, it’ll also make you sound less like a textbook, and make you truly understand real Italian as it’s actually spoken by native speakers.

ItalianIPAPronunciationLiteral MeaningActual Meaning
In bocca al lupo[ˈiːn bˈokːa ˈal lˈupo]een boh-kah al loo-pohIn the mouth of the wolfGood luck
Essere al settimo cielo[ˈɛs͡sere ˈal sˈɛtːimo t͡ʃˈɛlo]es-eh-reh al seh-tee-moh che-lohTo be in seventh heavenTo be extremely happy, joyful and elated
Non stare più nella pelle[nˈon stˈare pjˈu nˈɛlla pˈɛlle]non stah-reh pee-uh neh-lah peh-lehTo not stay in the skin any moreTo look forward to something
Mangiare la foglia[mand͡ʒˈare lˈa fˈɔʎa]mahn-jee-ah-reh lah phoh-wlhee-ahTo eat the leafTo understand that something strange is going on
Andare nel pallone[andˈare nˈɛl pallˈone]ahn-dah-reh nel pah-loh-nehTo go in the big ballTo feel so embarrassed, confused, and self-conscious that you can’t think straight
Calzare a pennello[kalt͡sˈare ˈaː pennˈɛllo]kahl-tsah-reh ah peh-nehl-ohTo put on at the paintbrushTo fit perfectly
Arrampicarsi sugli specchi[arɾampikˈarsɪ sˈuʎɪ spˈɛkːɪ]ah-rahm-pee-kahr-see soo-wlhee speh-keeTo climb on mirrorsTo try to prove that black is white
Saltare di palo in frasca [saltˈare dˈi pˈalo ˈiːn frˈaska]sahl-tah-reh dee pah-loh een phrah-skahTo jump from pole to branchTo hop from one subject to another
Avere la coda di paglia[avˈere lˈa kˈoda dˈi pˈaʎa]ah-veh-reh lah ko-dah dee pah-wlhee-ahTo have the tail of strawTo have something to hide
Prendere qualcuno a pesci in faccia[prˈɛndere kwalkˈuno ˈaː pˈeʃɪ ˈiːn fˈat͡ʃːa]prehn-deh-reh koo-ahl-koo-noh ah peh-shee een fah-chaTo slap someone in the face with a fishTo treat somebody like dirt, to mistreat
Essere a cavallo[ˈɛs͡sere ˈaː kavˈallo]eh-seh-reh ah kah-vah-lohTo ride on a horsebackTo have a good chance to obtain good results
Far ridere i polli[fˈar rˈidere ˈi pˈollɪ]fahr ree-deh-reh ee poh-leeTo make chickens laughTo be utterly ridiculous
Cascarci come una pera cotta[kaskˈart͡ʃɪ kˈome ˈuna pˈɛra kˈɔtːa]kahs-kahr-chee koh-meh uh-nah peh-rah koht-tahTo fall like a cooked pearTo be easily fooled
Sputare il rospo[spʊtˈare ˈiːl rˈɔspo]spoo-tah-reh eel roh-spohTo spit the toadTo get something off one’s chest
Tagliare la corda[taʎˈare lˈa kˈɔrda]tah-wlhee-ah-reh lah kohr-dahTo cut the ropeTo sneak away
Sbarcare il lunario[zbarkˈare ˈiːl lʊnˈario]sbahr-kah-reh eel loo-nah-ree-ohTo unboat the moonriverTo get by financially
Far venire il latte alle ginocchia[fˈar venˈire ˈiːl lˈatːe ˈalle d͡ʒinˈokːia]fahr veh-nee-reh eel lah-teh ah-leh jee-noh-kee-ahTo make milk come to the kneesTo be extremely boring
Avere le braccine corte [avˈere lˈe brˈat͡ʃːine kˈorte]ah-veh-reh leh brah-chee-neh kohr-tehTo have short armsTo be stingy
Avere una cotta [avˈere ˈuna kˈɔtːa]ah-veh-reh uh-nah koht-tahTo have a cookedTo have a crush on someone
Stare con le mani in mano[stˈare kˈon lˈe mˈanɪ ˈiːn mˈano]stah-reh kohn leh mah-nee een mah-nohTo stay with your hands in your handTo be idle

Other cool Italian words

Do you want to really sound like a native Italian speaker? If so, it’s time for you to learn cool Italian words and phrases. If you’re looking for something more colloquial, expand your vocabulary with the following Italian slang words.

But for now, let’s see which of these expressions you already know, and which ones are new to you.

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Adoro!Love it![adˈɔro]ah-doh-roh
Bella lì!Sweet![bˈɛlla lˈi]beh-lah lee
Bella storia!Way to go![bˈɛlla stˈɔria]beh-lah stoh-ree-ah
Da urloEpic[dˈa ˈurlo]dah oor-loh
MiticoCool, mind-blowing[mˈitiko]mee-tee-koh

English words that are actually Italian

It’s no secret that the Italian language has enriched English. There are many, many English words that are actually Italian. Here are some of the most common ones. Note that, in some cases, there may be some differences in spelling and pronunciation.

BaristaBarista, server in a coffee shop[barˈista]bah-ree-stah
Al frescoAl fresco, outside[ˈal frˈesko]ahl phreh-skoh
BallerinaBallerina, female ballet dancer[ballerˈina]bahl-leh-ree-nah
CappuccinoCappuccino, Italian coffee beverage[kapːʊt͡ʃːˈino]kahp-poo-chee-noh
A cappellaA cappella[ˈaː kapːˈɛlla]ah kap-pehl-lah
MaestroMaestro, Master[maˈɛstro]mah-eh-stroh
OrganzaOrganza, sheer silk fabric[orɡˈant͡sa]ohr-gahn-tsah
VistaVista, view[vˈista]vee-stah
PaparazzoPaparazzi, press photographer[papaɾˈat͡sːo]pah-pah-rah-tsoh
MarinaMarina, port for small boats[marˈina]mah-ree-nah

And even more unique Italian words with no exact English equivalents

Below is a list of unique Italian words, phrases and expressions, most of which don’t have a direct match in English. Prepare for some really interesting ones.

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ItalianIPAPronunciationLiteral MeaningActual Meaning
Ammazzacaffè[ammat͡sːakaffˈɛ]ah-mah-tsah-kah-fehCoffee killerA small glass of liqueur usually consumed after coffee
Pantofolaio[pantofolˈaio]pahn-toh-pho-lahee-ohMaker/seller of slippersSomeone who loves sitting around all day
Caschetto[kaskˈetːo]kah-skeht-tohLittle helmetBob haircut
Abbiocco[abːjˈɔkːo]ah-bee-oh-kohFood comaThe drowsiness that follows eating a full Italian meal
Mamma mia![mˈamma mˈia]mah-mah mee-ahMy mom!My goodness!
Menefreghista[menefreɡˈista]meh-neh-phreh-ghee-stahI-don’t-care-istSomeone who is indifferent, apathetic, and just doesn’t care
Menefreghismo[menefreɡˈizmo]meh-neh-phreh-ghees-mohI-don't-give-a-damn-ismCouldn’t-care-less attitude
Apericena[aperit͡ʃˈɛna]ah-pehr-ee-che-nahAperitif + buffet-like, finger-food mealPre-dinner drinks accompanied by food
Gattara[ɡatːˈaɾa]gaht-tah-rahCat ladyAn (elderly) lady that cares for stray cats
Inchiodare[inkjodˈare]een-kee-oh-dah-rehTo nailTo slam on the brakes
Beccare[bekːˈare]behk-kah-rehTo peckTo catch, to surprise
Stirare[stirˈare]stee-rah-rehTo ironTo run over with a car
Fare la scarpetta[fˈare lˈa skarpˈetːa]fah-reh lah skahr-peht-tahTo make cleatTo mop up your plate with bread
Culaccino[kʊlat͡ʃːˈino]koo-lah-chee-nohThe round mark left on the table by an ice-filled, wet glass or a hot cupThe annoying ring left on a wooden surface by a glass or cup
Fare una filippica[fˈare ˈuna filˈipːika]fah-reh uh-nah phee-leep-pee-kahTo make a philippicTo launch into a tirade
Boh![bˈo]bohNo clue!I don’t know. Who knows?

Parole, parole, parole…

Did you know that there’s an Italian song called “Parole, parole” (Words, words)? Released in 1972, it’s a duet song performed by Italian singer Mina, one of the most prominent icons of Italian music, and veteran actor Alberto Lupo, best known to American audiences as Dr. Levin in the 1960 Italian horror film Atom Age Vampire.

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Listen to this intriguing dialogue of Mina’s singing and Lupo’s deep and seductive voice, and read the lyrics and English translation.

I personally prefer the version that came out in 2010. It’s a very intense duet between Mina and Italian singer-songwriter Niccolò Fabi, who created a completely revised version of one of the most famous songs in the history of Italian music.

What makes things even more moving and touching is that this version was dedicated to Fabi’s prematurely deceased 2-year-old daughter, Olivia, who had a special liking for this great Italian masterpiece. It’s so heartwarming and profound I can’t believe anyone not liking it. That cello gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.

There you go!

Good job! You’ve just learned a whole load of new stuff. With some practice, all these beautiful Italian sayings, phrases, words and expressions will begin to come naturally, I give you my word of honor!

The more Italian you read, listen and speak, the more it’ll become a part of you!Enjoy this post? Then don’t forget to check out our Italian blog for more articles like this! Till next time!

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What is the prettiest Italian word? ›

What are the prettiest Italian words? Some beautiful Italian words are: Pensierino, Zanzara, Farfalla, Pantofolaio, and Addirittura.

What do Italians call their lovers? ›

There are two main ways to say “girlfriend” and “boyfriend” in Italian: ragazzo/a or fidanzato/a. The former is used by young couples, usually when they are dating, while the latter is for serious relationships and also means fiance.

What are some beautiful Italian sayings? ›

Ogni giorno ha il suo amore e dolore./Every day she has her love and her pain. Amore non è senza amaro./Love is not without bitterness. L'amore non è bello se non è litigarello./ Amor senza baruffa, fa la muffa./Love is not beautiful if it is not a quarrel. / Love without a quarrel, it makes mold.

What is a beautiful Italian word? ›

One of the first Italian word people learn is 'bello' = beautiful. It is a very useful word in any language but it is a particularly useful one to know in Italian since it is widely used in very many different contexts.

What are some fancy Italian words? ›

Beautiful Italian Words Everyone Needs to Know
  • Sprezzatura. More of a concept than a word, it was created in the 16th century by Baldassare Castiglione in his work The Book of the Courtier. ...
  • Passeggiata. ...
  • Allora. ...
  • Crepuscolo. ...
  • Cucciolo. ...
  • Mozzafiato. ...
  • Magari. ...
  • Boh.

What do you call someone you love in Italian? ›

Amore (love) is the default option that many women choose when addressing that special man in their life. Amore mio (my love) and amore bello (beautiful love) are popular variations, although the latter can also be used towards a friend as a joke. You can even combine all the words and say amore mio bello.

What is the most famous Italian quote? ›

Veni, vidi, vici. (“I came, I saw, I conquered.”) In Italian, it's: Venni, vidi, vinsi. This is probably the oldest and most memorable of all the popular Italian quotes, and it comes from ancient Italian times (and more precisely, from ancient Rome).

What is a famous Italian saying? ›

Mamma mia is a common Italian saying

This Italian saying is an exclamation usually implying surprise or impatience, similar to the phrase “my goodness” in English.

What do Italian guys call their girlfriends? ›

English speakers often say “Honey,” “Babe” or “Dear” (to name just a few!) instead of calling their significant other by name, right? Well, Italians do that, too! Instead of “Honey” or “Sweetheart” you might hear Dolcezza (literally: Sweetness) which is a very informal term that loosely means “sweetheart.”

What is an Italian kiss called? ›

You never forget your first kiss. The word for a big kiss in Italian is bacione whereas a small kiss is a bacino. Un bacio virtuale – A virtual kiss. There are many different types of kisses you can talk about, including: bacio alla francese = French kiss.

How do you call a man my love in Italian? ›

If you'd like to say “my love” to someone in Italian, you would say “amore mio”.

What is an Italian saying about life? ›

Finché C'È Vita C'È Speranza – “While There's Life, There's Hope” Italians are fond of this phrase. They like to remember that they should keep hoping for the best, even when they are in a dire situation or things look impossible.

How do you express your feelings in Italian? ›

Sono triste (I'm sad), Sono arrabbiata (I'm angry), Sono felice (I'm happy), Ho paura (I'm afraid), Ho vergona (I'm ashamed). Keep in mind you need to change the final vowel a/o for feminine/masculine. If you already speak a Romance language, Italian will be easy for you.

What is the most iconic saying? ›

Famous Movie Quotes
  • “ May the Force be with you.” - Star Wars, 1977.
  • “ There's no place like home.” - The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
  • “ I'm the king of the world!” - ...
  • “ Carpe diem. ...
  • “ Elementary, my dear Watson.” - ...
  • “ It's alive! ...
  • “ My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. ...
  • “ I'll be back.” -
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What's a fancy word for beautiful? ›

Beauteous. Beauteous is the synonym of beautiful that is closest in meaning and form, so is an excellent choice if you want a word that is 'beautiful, but just a little bit different.

How to tell an Italian woman she is beautiful? ›

By far, the most common compliment in Italian is bello (“beautiful,” “nice” ), which can be used to both compliment a person's look and to praise an object's or animal's appearance. Sei una bella ragazza. (“You are a beautiful girl.” )

What are the most beautiful words in the world? ›

23 of the Most Beautiful Words in the World
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  • Chuchoter (French) ...
  • Gjensynsglede (Swedish) ...
  • Mono-no aware (Japanese) ...
  • Tu'burni (Arabic) ...
  • Tárvotur (Icelandic) ...
  • Mir (Russian)

What are the most sophisticated words? ›

13 fancy words to use to boggle people's minds
  • Word: Sesquipedalian. ...
  • Word: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic. ...
  • Word: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. ...
  • Word: Floccinaucinihilipilification. ...
  • Word: Antidisestablishmentarianism. ...
  • Word: Boondoggle. ...
  • Word: Circumlocution. ...
  • Word: Gasconade.

How do you express joy in Italian? ›

Many joyous Italian exclamations result from the combination of che with adjectives.
  1. Che bello! – How beautiful!
  2. Che buono! – How good!
  3. Che dolce! – How sweet!
  4. Che piacere! – How nice!
  5. Che bel film! – What an excellent movie!
  6. Che bella donna! – What a beautiful woman!
  7. Che giornata fantastica! –What a fantastic day!
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What do Italians call friends? ›

If you want to say “friends” in Italian, you would say either “amici” (male friends or mixed group) or “amiche” (female friends). “Best friends” would be either “migliori amici” (male/mixed) or “migliori amiche” (female).

What do you call a girl in Italy? ›

If you want to say “girl” in Italian, you would say “la ragazza.” Want to say “boy” instead? Then use “il regazzo.” The plural of each is “i regazzi” (the boys) and “le regazze” (the girls).

How to kiss an Italian man? ›

If you have a sufficiently close cheek-to-cheek relationship, then start on the right and graze the cheek of the other person with your own, refrain from making the “Moi, Moi” or any other sound into the other person's ear. Then switch to the left cheek and repeat.

What is Italy's motto? ›

The Italian Republic does not have an official motto, but it does have a common phrase: "L'Italia e' una Repubblica democratica, fondata sul lavoro" (Italy is a democratic Republic, founded on labor).

What is the Italian motto? ›

Italy: No official motto.

What do Italians say before a meal? ›

"Buon appetito" is an italian phrase said before and during a meal, thus, it is certainly categorized as an eating phrase. Buon appetito! Italian meals, especially dinners, are traditionally quite long.

How do you say B * * * * in Italian? ›

How do Italians say b****? The Italian word for b**** is "puttana". You can use it in various swearing expressions, such as "porca puttana" or "andare a puttane" (which means that something goes bad or is failing).

What do dogs say in Italian? ›

In Italy, dogs say bau. Cats say miao. Fish say splash.

What is the most common Italian greeting? ›

The common verbal greeting is “Ciao” (Hello). This is quite casual. People may also say “Buongiorno” (Good day) or “Buonasera” (Good evening) to be more formal. Address a person by their title and last name, and continue to do so until invited to move to a first-name basis.

What did Italians call their mistresses? ›

Goomah — Mistress or girlfriend. It comes from the Italian comare, which means godmother or second mother.

What is BAE Italian? ›

fidanzata {f} bae (also: betrothed, bride, fiancée, girlfriend)

What do Italians call their wives? ›

Immediate family members in Italian
EnglishItalian SingularPronunciation
Domestic partnerConviventekohn-vee-vehn-teh
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What is a Kiwi kiss? ›

Anyhoo, I thought we'd kick things off with some dressed up booze in the form of a Kiwi Kiss Cocktail. This sassy green c-tail is a sweet-tart blend of kiwi, fresh mint, lime juice, and light rum, and the resulting flavor party is nothing short of delightful.

What is a dolphin kiss? ›

It so simple, you need to approach the dolphin, hold the face and look into the dolphin's eyes. Then pucker up and kiss the dolphin on the mouth or general area. It will be a kiss you won't forget and make sure you get a photo of this so you won't forget it.

Which side do Italians kiss first? ›

Italy: Two kisses is standard, but watch out — Italians tend to start with the left cheek. Also, try to save it for casual social environments (not networking events).

What does mulignan mean in Italian? ›

1. Italian-American slang for a black man. Derived from Italian dialect word for "eggplant." See also: moolie. Source: Urban Dictionary and pretty much every mob movie ever. Mulignan(s) /moo.

What does Bora mean in Italian? ›

noun. [ feminine ] /'bɔra/ (vento) bora , a strong, cold, dry northeast wind blowing in the upper Adriatic.

How do you flirt with a guy in Italian? ›

Here are 23 phrases you can use to flirt in Italian
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  3. Come ti chiami? ...
  4. Sei davvero carina (f) / Sei davvero carino (m). ...
  5. Prendiamo un caffè insieme? ...
  6. Potremmo rimanere seduti al tavolo finché non ci innamoriamo.
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What is Dolce Vita? ›

noun Italian. sweet life; the good life perceived as one of physical pleasure and self-indulgence (usually preceded by la).

What is the meaning of La Dolce Vita? ›

noun. (usually prec. by la) sweet life; the good life perceived as one of physical pleasure and self-indulgence.

What are good Italian wishes? ›

Tantissimi auguri! – “Best wishes!”

How do you cheer someone in Italian? ›

'Alla nostra'/ 'alla tua'

If you are cheering a specific person, you can say 'alla tua' meaning 'to your health', if you are addressing them directly, or use the name of the person if you want the whole table to direct the cheering towards a specific guest.

How do you show respect in Italy? ›

Basic Etiquette
  1. It is common for Italian friends and families to kiss on the cheek when they meet, irrespective of their gender.
  2. Stand up out of respect when an older person enters the room.
  3. It is important to dress neatly and respectfully.
  4. Cover your mouth when yawning or sneezing.
  5. Hats should be removed indoors.

How do you get someone's attention in Italian? ›

As we've seen above, the Italian verb scusarsi is often used when apologizing, but it is also the verb we use to attract someone's attention. In a bar or restaurant, or in any other formal situation, you can say scusi or mi scusi.

What is the best saying in life? ›

Inspirational Quotes About Life
  • Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about. - ...
  • Life is a long lesson in humility. - ...
  • In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. - ...
  • Love the life you live. ...
  • Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -
Jan 2, 2023

What is the coolest quote ever? ›

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” “This above all: to thine own self be true.” “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

What does Bella Faccia mean? ›

What is Faccia Bella? Faccia Bella means beautiful face in Italian.

What is the most popular Italian word? ›

The most used Italian word is arguably cosa, which translates in many ways in English — including “what”, “thing”, and “matter” — depending on its inflection, grammatical function, or the overall context of the sentence.

What does Scifo mean in Italian? ›

Schifo is how you say 'disgust', which is exactly what you'll provoke in most Italians by drinking milky coffee after noon. It comes from an early Germanic word that meant 'to frighten' – the same that gave us the English word 'eschew'. In Italian it's most commonly used as an exclamation… Che schifo! How disgusting!

How do you say beautiful in Sicilian? ›

Trùoppu Bedda/u – Beautiful

So beautiful in Sicilian is Trùoppu Bedda – if your partner is female or identifies as such – and Trùoppu Beddu – if your partner is male or identifies as such.

What does Chingale mean in Italian? ›

Cinghiale means wild boar in Italian and many of them actually freely roam the countryside.

What does Tita mean in Italian? ›

tita (masculine tito) an aunt; the sister of either parent. a female cousin of either parent. an affectionate or honorific term for a woman of an older generation than oneself.

What does booby mean in Italian? ›

Translation of booby – English–Italian dictionary

a woman's breast. tetta.

What are the most important Italian words to know? ›

Common Italian Words
  • Excuse me = Mi scusi.
  • Good morning = Buon giorno.
  • Good evening = Buona sera.
  • Good night = Buona notte.
  • Speak = Parlare.
  • Buy = Comprare.
  • Go = Andare.
  • Think = Pensare.

What do Italian dogs say? ›

In Italy, dogs say bau. Cats say miao. Fish say splash.

What does Gattara mean in Italian? ›

Gattara. Believe it or not, Italian actually has a word specifically for the American stereotype of the “cat lady.” Gattara describes an elderly woman who feeds stray cats and/or lives with multiple cats. If you would like to describe a man who has a lot of cats or multiple “cat people,” Italian has you covered as well ...

What does Avoja mean in Italian? ›

Avoja! – This word means 'very much' or “a lot”. Dai – “come on”. In Romanesco it is often written as 'daje'.

What does Patana mean in Italian? ›

[putˈtana ] feminine noun. (vulgar) whore (vulgar)

What does Prego mean in Sicilian? ›

/'preɡo/ (risposta / invito) please / you're welcome , after you , don't mention it. - “Grazie mille” – “prego” “Thank you so much” – “You're welcome” Prego, si accomodi!

How do you say love in Sicilian? ›

A collection of useful phrases for a variety of occasions in Sicilian, a Romance language spoken mailny in Sicily and parts of southern Italy.
Useful phrases in Sicilian.
Englishlu sicilianu (Sicilian)
I love youT'amu (between lovers) Ti vogghiu ("I want you" - between lovers) Ti vogghiu beni (for friends, relatives, etc)
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How do Sicilians say thank you? ›

Grazie assai

The expression 'Grazie assai' is more colloquial and is primarily used to say thank you very much in Italian in the southern regions of Italy, such as in Rome, Campania and Sicily.


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