The Italian language has a profound influence on the English language, and hundreds of words qualify for the list of English words of Italian origin. Since so many words come from Italian, we will make the list a little less overwhelming by breaking the words down into categories. Since Italian food seems to be such a favorite of the American people, we will start there!
Perhaps after reading our list of English words of Italian origin, you will feel like running out for some Italian food or to see an Italian opera. In any case, you can certainly say that you have learned a lot of information about the origin of words!
As you can see from the above list, we owe the Italian language quite a bit of thanks. So many of the words that we use on a daily basis (magazine, brave, and alarm for example) come from Italian origins. Furthermore, this list does not just point out the words that come from Italy, but also parts of the culture. Imagine life without pizza, coffee, or macaroni. Chances are, you probably enjoy at least one of these items on what is perhaps a regular basis. Learning about the Italian origins of the language also reminds us how many different food items originated in Italy.