Italian Word of the Day:


Animale, the word for animal in Italian, is identical to its English cognate, barring the addition of a word-final e.

The meaning of today's Italian word

Both words ultimately derive from the Latin animal, which is based on animalis (‘having breath’).

Origin of the Italian word of the day

Because animals tend to be associated with uncouth behaviour and uncleanliness, animale is frequently used in a figurative sense to describe a person with these undesirable qualities.

The meaning of today's Italian word

Example sentence:

Ci sono tanti animali che corrono molto più velocemente dei migliori atleti olimpici.

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There are many animals that run a lot faster than the best Olympic athletes.


In addition to being a noun, animale also functions as an adjective, in which case it translates as animal or bestial. For example, the word for animal kingdom is regno animale.

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