See also: rázza


Pronunciation 1Edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈrat.t͡sa/, [ˈrät̪t̪͡s̪ä]
  • Rhymes: -attsa
  • Hyphenation: ràz‧za


c. 1300, as masculine razzo, the feminine razza is from the early 14th century. The etymology of this word is uncertain, with a large number of controversially discussed suggestions.

Among the most widely accepted suggestions is the one embraced by Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (1922), but was proposed earlier, among others by L. Spitzer (Z. rom. Philol. t. 53, pp. 300-301), which derives the word from Latin ratiō (the nominative, as opposed to ragione, from the accusative ratiōnem, which nonetheless was attested with a similar sense to razza in the late Middle Ages; ratio also came to mean "idea" or "conception of something" in Ecclesiastical Latin), and underwent a change of gender later from an original form *razzo, or else derived ultimately from generātiō through apheresis.

Other suggestions include, Old High German reiza (line), Ancient Greek ῥίζα (rhíza, root), Arabic رَأْس(raʾs, head) (c.f. Old French haraz (culture of horses)),[1]


razza f (plural razze)

  1. race, breed
  2. kind, type
  3. family, descent
Related termsEdit
  • Alemannic German: Ratze
  • Greek: ράτσα (rátsa)
  • Middle French: race
  • Portuguese: raça
  • Catalan: raça

Pronunciation 2Edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈrad.d͡za/, [ˈräd̪d̪͡z̪ä]
  • Rhymes: -addza
  • Hyphenation: ràz‧za

Etymology 1Edit

From a northern Italian evolution of Latin raia. Doublet of raia.


razza f (plural razze)

  1. (ichthyology) ray, stingray, skate

Etymology 2Edit

Variant of razzo, itself a variant of raggio, from Latin radius.


razza f (plural razze)

  1. (colloquial) spoke (of a wheel)


  • razza in Collins Italian-English Dictionary
  • razza in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti