Italian Word of the Day:


The word for pen in Italian is penna. It shouldn't be too hard to remember as the two words look and sound similar!

The meaning of today's Italian word

Penna is derived from the Latin pinna meaning “feather of a bird”.

Origin of the Italian word of the day

Penna also happens to one of two words for feather, the other being piuma. (Find out why on our website!)

The meaning of today's Italian word

Example sentence:

Non sono più capace di scrivere bene con la penna.

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I’m no longer able to write well with a pen.


Due to the fact that authors used pens to write down their thoughts, the word penna also came to be associated with the term for an author, writer and even penmanship.

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