Italian for Gods

I know the singular form of God is Dio, but what is the Italian word for gods?

February 7, 2018


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.

February 8, 2018
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Goddesses are more regular, dea and dee :)

February 7, 2018
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