Italian for Gods
I know the singular form of God is Dio, but what is the Italian word for gods?
This dei is not to be mistaken with the articulated preposition dei (i.e. di + i), which can mean either 'of the' (before a masculine plural noun), or 'some' (before a masculine plural noun, acting as a partitive article).
The spelling of both words is identical, but their pronunciation is different:
dei ('gods') → /'dɛi/
dei ('of the', 'some') → /'dei/
The word for 'gods' can be spelt dèi, to mark the open sound of the 'e' (whence the correct meaning), whenever in a text the readers may mistake it for the other dei.