Nomi Derivati

Posted on 14. Jun, 2011 by in Grammar

Nomi derivati are words that derive from nomi primitivi. Let’s have a look at some examples:

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Pane (bread) is the nome primitivo from which the following words are derived:

panettiere (baker)

panetteria (bakery or baker’s)

panificio (bakery or baker’s)

panino (bread roll, literally a small bread)

pangrattato (breadcrumbs)

panettone (Italian Christmas cake, literally ‘big bread’)

panforte (traditional cake from Siena, literally ‘strong bread’)

paniere (hamper or pannier)

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Campana (bell) is the nome primitivo from which the following words are derived:

campanello (door-bell, bicycle-bell)

campanile (bell tower)

campanaro (bell-ringer)

campanaccio (cowbell)

campanula (campanula, bellflower)

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Latte (milk) is the nome primitivo from which the following words are derived:

lattaio (milkman)

latteria (dairy shop)

latticino (dairy product)

latticello (buttermilk)

lattiera (milk jug)

lattosio (lactose)

lattante (suckling)

allattare (suckle, breast or bottle feed)

latteo (milky)

Via Lattea (Milky Way)

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Here are five more nomi primitivi. See how many nomi derivati you can find for each one:

muro (wall)

carta (paper)

città (town/city)

fiore (flower)

porta (door)

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3 Responses to “Nomi Derivati”

  1. Anneke 16 June 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks, Serena. Very useful for Italian students!

    Auguri,
    Anneke

  2. Lesley Brennan 16 June 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Molto utile – come sempre.

    Grazie,
    Lesley

  3. Jeannet 19 June 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Gruppo 1. = il insarto
    ” 2. = il cuoco
    ” 3. = l’autiste
    ” 4. = la colf
    ” 5. = il giardiniere
    ” 6. = il falegname


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