Alternative formsEdit


From Late Latin abante, from Latin ab + ante.[1]


  • IPA(key): /aˈvanti/, [äˈvän̪.t̪i]
  • Hyphenation: a‧vàn‧ti


avanti (invariable)

  1. (dated, of time units, succeeds noun) previous, prior, last
    La settimana avanti.
    Last week.



  1. forward, ahead, onward
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto XXI, p. 321 vv. 91-93:
      Per ch'io mi mossi e a lui venni ratto, ¶ e i diavoli si fecer tutti avanti, ¶ sì ch'io temetti ch'ei tenesser patto; [...]
      Wherefore I started and came swiftly to him, ¶ and all the devils forward thrust themselves, ¶ so that I feared they would not keep their compact; [...]
  2. (dated, rare) before, ere (followed by di or che)
    Deve pensare molto avanti di decidere.
    He needs to think a lot before deciding.
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto III, p. 45 vv. 118-120:
      Così sen vanno su per l'onda bruna, ¶ e avanti che sien di là discese, ¶ anche di qua nuova schiera s'auna.
      So they depart across the dusky wave, ¶ and ere upon the other side they land ¶ again on this side a new troop assembles.
  3. (dated, rare) rather than (followed by che)
    Vorrei morire avanti che commettere una simile azione.
    I'd rather die than doing such a thing.

Derived termsEdit



  1. come in!
  2. come on! (expressing encouragement)
  3. go on!
  4. next



  1. (dated, rare) before, in front of (a place) (may or may not be followed by a)
    Avanti a lui.
    In front of him.
    Avanti casa.
    In front of the house.
  2. (dated) before (in time)
    Avanti l'alba.
    Before dawn.


Derived termsEdit


avanti m (plural avanti)

  1. (soccer, rugby, waterpolo) player whose main objective is scoring points; forward


  1. ^ Angelo Prati, "Vocabolario Etimologico Italiano", Torino, 1951