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.

the word "felpa" with a woman wearing a sweatshirt in the background

Because it is a feminine noun, it takes the following definite and indefinite articles:

la felpa
the sweatshirt

una felpa
a sweatshirt

le felpe
the sweatshirts

delle felpe
(some) sweatshirts

Mi sono messo una felpa perché sentivo freddo.

I put on a sweatshirt because I was cold.

Portrait Of Male Boxer Wearing Hooded Sweatshirt In Gym Sitting On Boxing Ring
Indossa una felpa nera con cappuccio – He’s wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood

Vorrei comprarmi una nuova tuta di felpa.

I’d like to buy myself a new fleece tracksuit.

A derivative of felpa is the adjective felpato which, in addition to translating as fleecy, has also acquired the figurative meaning of stealthy or silent (e.g. camminare a passi felpati = to walk softly). This is likely because fleece has the ability to muffle the sound of whatever it encompasses.

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