My Italian word of the day: cortiglio

I have set myself the challenge of translating the romanzo, ‘La forma dell’acqua‘ di Andrea Camilleri into English at the rate of a word a day.

La Parola del Giorno

La Parola del Giorno

The seventh word in the book is ‘cortiglio‘.

This took a little more investigation. We are now in the land of Camilleri’s mixture of dialect and his own terms. We may delve deeper into this later.

My understanding is that the word ‘cortiglio‘ is a sicilian dialect word with the same meaning as the italian ‘cortile‘:

cortiglio (sm) = cortile = courtyard


The story so far

Original Text:

Lume d’alba non filtrava nel cortiglio


Dawn’s light was not filtering into the courtyard



alba sf dawn, sunrise, daybreak
cortiglio sm courtyard
cortile sm courtyard
di , d’ prep of, from
filtrava vi & vt was filtering, filtered
filtrava is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative (3° persona singolare dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb filtrare
la luce filtrava dalla finestra = the light filtered in through the window
il art the
in prep in, into
lume sm light, lamp
nel prep & art in the, into the
non avv not
io non ho = I have not
Franco non ha = Frank has not



art articolo article
avv avverbo adverb
prep preposizione preposition
sf sostinavo feminile feminine noun
sm sostinavo maschile masculine noun
vi verbo intransitivo intransitive verb
vt verbo transitivo transitive verb



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