Dream

How do you say dream in Italian?

Sogno

Use sogno to say dream in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word somnium
Pronunciation/ˈsoɲɲo/

Sogno
Dream


Dream in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, sogno has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Un sogno
A dream

Dei sogni
Some dreams

Il sogno
The dream

I sogni
The dreams

kid dreaming of fighting godzilla

Dream in Italian: Examples

Ho fatto un bellissimo sogno stanotte.
I had a wonderful dream last night.

Ricordi mai i sogni che fai?
Do you ever remember your dreams?

Sogno quasi tutte le notti.
I dream almost every night.

Mio figlio sogna di diventare astronauta.
My son dreams of being an astronaut.

family of astronauts floating in space

Nightmares are translated into Italian as incubi, or incubo in the singular. Again, it’s a masculine word.

L’incubo
The nightmare

For example, you can say…

Hai mai fatto incubi?
Have you ever had nightmares?

Non mangiare prima di andare a letto o avrai gli incubi.
Don’t eat before going to bed or you will have nightmares.

boy having a nightmare

The Italian translation for the verb to daydream is a whole expression: sognare a occhi aperti. It literally means “to dream with open eyes”, and that’s basically what you’re doing when you daydream!

Sognare a occhi aperti
To daydream

For example, you can say…

I bambini sognano spesso a occhi aperti.
Children often daydream.

La lezione è noiosa e gli studenti sognano a occhi aperti.
The class is boring and the students are daydreaming.

In order to use dream as an adjective in Italian, you need to add the preposition da. For example, you could say…

Casa da sogno
Dream house

Vacanza da sogno
Dream vacation

kids having fun in a river

Dream in Italian: Expressions

There are a number of common idiomatic expressions featuring the word for dream in Italian. These are…

  • sogno o son desto? (am I dreaming or am I awake?)
  • neanche per sogno! (in your dreams!)
  • avere un sogno nel cassetto (to have a life-long dream)

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