Italian Word of the Day: Pigiama (pyjamas)

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The Italian word for the loose-fitting garments we wear to bed is pigiama. It entered the language via English, but can be traced back to the Urdu and Persian words pāy (leg) + jāma (clothing). In English, we use the plural pyjamas to talk about a single pair of pyjamas, whereas Italian has a singular …

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Italian Word of the Day: Spilla (brooch / pin)

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The word for an ornament that one fastens to clothing, either for decorative purposes or as a clasp, is spilla in Italian. It translates as either brooch or pin in English. Being a feminine noun, it takes the following definite and indefinite articles: la spillathe broochuna spillaa brooch le spillethe broochesdelle spille(some) brooches Some different …

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Italian Word of the Day: Felpa (fleece / sweatshirt)

The word felpa in Italian comes from the old French felpe. It is used to indicate, not only a sweatshirt or hoodie, but also the fleece from which it is made. Because it is a feminine noun, it takes the following definite and indefinite articles: la felpathe sweatshirtuna felpaa sweatshirt le felpethe sweatshirtsdelle felpe(some) sweatshirts …

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Italian Word of the Day: Giubbotto (jacket / vest)

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A common word for jacket in Italian is giubbotto. It is the augmentative form of giubba, which in modern Italian refers to the shirt worn by jockeys or the jacket of military uniforms. Both can ultimately be traced back to the Arabic gubba, meaning ‘cotton petticoat’. Giubbotto is a masculine noun, which means it takes …

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Italian Word of the Day: Sciarpa (scarf / sash)

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Although we’re leaving the depths of winter behind us, some items of clothing remain indispensable, especially when cold winds are still blowing strong. One of these items is the sciarpa (scarf)! Sciarpa derives from the French écharpe, which in turn comes from the Franconian skerpa, a kind of shoulder belt with loops or pockets for …

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The Italian Word for “Fashion” – Moda

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The Italian word for fashion is moda. It entered the language via the French mode, which you might recognise from the expression à la mode. Moda is a feminine noun whose plural form is mode. la modathe fashion una modaa fashion le modethe fashions delle mode(some) fashions Here are a few useful verbs you will …

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