Roman vs Italics – What’s the difference?

Roman vs Italics - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between roman and italics is that roman is novel while italics is (typography|pluralonly) letters in an italic typeface.





  • (of type) Upright, as opposed to italic.
  • (of text, computing) Of or related to the Latin alphabet.
  • Antonyms

    * (upright) italic, italicised, italicized
    * (upright) oblique, slanted, sloped
    * (Western European) non-Latin, Central European

    Derived terms

    * Times Roman (proprietary)
    * Times New Roman (proprietary)







  • (typography, pluralonly) letters in an italic typeface.
  • There is no need to put the whole paragraph in italics .
  • (usually plural but sometimes singular in construction) exaggerated intonation or some similar oral speech device by which one or more words is heavily and usually affectedly emphasized or otherwise given sharp prominence
  • * Margaret Long:
  • was yapping, her silly voice fraught with italics .
  • * W.J.Locke:
  • a woman who has an irritating way of speaking in italics

    See also

    * italic