Ausonian

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EtymologyEdit

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From Latin Ausonia "Lower Italy," extended poetically to "Italy," from Ancient Greek Αὐσονία (Ausonia), from Αὔσων (Ausōn), a son of Ulysses, who is said to have settled there.

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AdjectiveEdit

Ausonian (not comparable)

  1. Of ancient Ausonia or the Ausonians
    • 1887, Theodor Mommsen & William Purdie Dickson, The Provinces of the Roman Empire from Caesar to Diocletian, page 172:
      master of the glorious art of proud Ausonian song
  2. (poetic) Italian
    • 1907 (1850), “The Palace of Art”, in Select Poems of Alfred Tennyson:
      Or hollowing one hand against his ear, / [] stay'd the Ausonian king to hear / Of wisdom and of law.

NounEdit

Ausonian (plural Ausonians)

  1. An ancient inhabitant of middle or lower Italy
    • 1823, “Chronology”, in Encyclopaedia Britannica:
      The Ausonians, the most ancient inhabitants of Italy, computed the day from midnight.
  2. (poetic) An Italian

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Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 21:34