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:

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)

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)

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)

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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