Italian Word of the Day: Brindisi (toast)

A call to a group of people to raise their glasses in honour of a person, thing, or event is called a brindisi (masculine, plural: brindisi) in Italian – or a toast in English. Although the word is Italian, it derives from an old German phrase that was used to introduce a toast: (ich) bringe …

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How to Say “New Year’s Day” in Italian – Capodanno

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! The first day of the new year is known as Capodanno in Italian. It is composed of two words: capo (meaning head or top) and anno …

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Italian Word of the Day: La Notte di San Silvestro (New Year’s Eve)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! La Notte di San Silvestro (New Year’s Eve) corresponds to the night between December 31st and January 1st. San Silvestro is also known as la Notte …

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Italian Word of the Day: Mutande (underpants)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! The word for underpants in Italian is mutande (feminine plural). Although the singular version exists (mutanda), it is rarely used. You may wonder why we are …

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Italian Word of the Day: Fuochi d’Artificio (fireworks)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! The word for fireworks in Italian is made up of two terms: fuochi which means fires (singular: fuoco) and artificio meaning artifice (plural: artifici). Setting off …

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Italian Word of the Day: Biglietto di auguri (greeting card)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! In Italian, the word for card – as in the kind of cards you send to celebrate special occasions – is biglietto d’auguri (masculine, plural: biglietti …

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