Words from Italian

Study Words

  1. staccato
  2. ballot
  3. confetti [1]
  4. semolina
  5. influenza
  6. cavalry
  7. piazza
  8. cadenza
  9. pistachio
  10. spinet
  11. cantata
  12. incognito [2]
  13. vendetta
  14. contraband
  15. mascara
  16. graffiti
  17. credenza
  18. parapet
  19. falsetto
  20. ditto
  21. provolone [3]
  22. extravaganza
  23. scampi
  24. belladonna
  25. gondola
  26. rotunda
  27. cauliflower
  28. galleria
  29. regatta
  30. crescendo [4]
  31. balcony
  32. portfolio
  33. antipasto
  34. libretto
  35. virtuoso
  36. harmonica
  37. maestro
  38. bravura
  39. fresco
  40. stucco [5]
  41. inferno
  42. ballerina
  43. malaria
  44. grotto
  45. harpsichord
  46. allegro
  47. virtuosa
  48. spaghetti
  49. piccolo
  50. ravioli
  51. vibrato
  52. pesto
  53. aria
  54. bambino
  55. salami
  56. Parmesan
  57. oratorio
  58. finale
  59. scenario
  60. contrapuntal
  61. illuminati
  62. concerto
  63. macaroni
  64. palmetto
  65. bandit
  66. fiasco
  67. cameo
  68. sonata
  69. coloratura

Challenge Words

  1. scherzo [6]
  2. adagio
  3. segue
  4. zucchini [7]
  5. capricious
  6. archipelago
  7. charlatan
  8. maraschino
  9. paparazzo [8]
  10. fantoccini
  11. mozzarella
  12. garibaldi
  13. ocarina
  14. prosciutto
  15. trattoria
  16. vivace
  17. cappelletti
  18. pizzicato
  19. intaglio

Spelling Tips

  1. 1 Long e (\ē\) at the end of a word from Italian is usually spelled with i as in confetti, graffiti, zucchini, fantoccini, cappelletti, and many other words on the list. In Italian, a final i usually indicates a plural form. This is not always true, however, of Italian words in English.
  2. 2 Long o (\ō\) at the end of an Italian word is spelled with o as in incognito, stucco, virtuoso, concerto, prosciutto, pizzicato, vibrato and many other words on the list.
  3. 3 A long e sound (\ē\) at the end of a word from Italian can be spelled with e as in provolone, finale, and one pronunciation of vivace, although this spelling of the sound is less common than i.
  4. 4 The \sh\ sound has various spellings in words from Italian; a spelling it usually doesn't have is sh! It can be spelled sc as in crescendo and prosciutto or ch as in charlatan and pistachio. The spelling of the \sh\ sound in capricious is also seen in words that come from Latin—the ancestral language of Italian.
  5. 5 The \k\ sound can be spelled cc when it comes before long o (\ō\) as in stucco or when it comes before \\ as in staccato.
  6. 6 Another Italian spelling of \k\ is ch as in scherzo.
  7. 7 The sound \ē-nē\, common at the end of Italian words (it forms diminutives), is usually spelled ini (as in zucchini and fantoccini).
  8. 8 The double consonant zz is typically pronounced \ts\ in words from Italian, as in paparazzo, mozzarella, pizzicato, and one pronunciation of piazza.