- Italian Venezia. a seaport in NE Italy, built on numerous small islands in the Lagoon of Venice.
- Gulf of, the N arm of the Adriatic Sea.
- a town in SW Florida.
- a port in NE Italy, capital of Veneto region, built on over 100 islands and mud flats in the Lagoon of Venice (an inlet of the Gulf of Venice at the head of the Adriatic): united under the first doge in 697 ad; became an independent republic and a great commercial and maritime power, defeating Genoa, the greatest rival, in 1380; contains the Grand Canal and about 170 smaller canals, providing waterways for city transport. Pop: 271 073 (2001)Italian name: Venezia Related adjective: Venetian
from Medieval Latin Venetia, from Veneti (Greek Ouenetoi), name of an ancient people of Illyrian origin.