Italian Word of the Day: Sottotetto (attic)

The word for attic, loft, or more specifically, the space inside the roof of a house, is sottotetto (masculine, plural: sottotetti) in Italian. It is composed of two words: sotto (under) and tetto (roof). A sottotetto is generally not naturally lit and ventilated due to a lack of windows. For this reason, it cannot be …

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Italian Word of the Day: Bicchiere (glass / cup)

The Italian word for a glass or cup from which one drinks is bicchiere (masculine, plural: bicchieri). It is thought to derive from a dialectal form of old French, or possibly the Greek βῖκος (bikos). Learn with our video Ho fatto cadere il bicchiere e si è frantumato in mille pezzi. I dropped the glass …

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Italian Word of the Day: Sottobicchiere (coaster / mat)

The word for a mat or coaster that you put under cups, mugs, bottles and glasses to avoid staining or wetting a surface is sottobicchiere (masculine, plural: sottobicchieri) in Italian. Learn with our video It is the combination of two words: sotto meaning under or underneath and bicchiere meaning drinking glass. Sottobicchieri can be made …

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Italian Word of the Day: Spazzolino (toothbrush)

The word spazzolino (masculine, plural: spazzolini) in Italian literally means ‘little brush’ and can be used to denote a brush, or spazzola, with small dimensions. However, if someone uses this word without any surrounding context, you can safely assume that they are talking about a toothbrush, with the full name being spazzolino da denti. Learn …

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Italian Word of the Day: Tegola (roof tile / blow)

The word for a roof tile or shingle in Italian is tegola (feminine, plural: tegole). It comes from the Latin tegula which derives from the verb tegere meaning to cover. Un tetto di tegole is a tiled roof whereas the verb to tile translates as coprire / rivestire di tegole (lit: to cover with tiles). …

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Italian Word of the Day: Soprammobile (knick-knack / ornament)

A blanket term for any decorative or artistic object kept on a shelf or piece of furniture, regardless of its value, is soprammobile (masculine, plural: soprammobili) in Italian. Some possible translations in English are knick-knack, shelf ornament or decorative piece. /so·pram·mò·bi·le/ It is a combination of two words: sopra meaning on top of or above …

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