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  1. a specialist in Latin.

Origin of Latinist

From the Medieval Latin word latīnista, dating back to 1530–40. See Latin, -ist
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Examples from the Web for latinist

Historical Examples

  • A porter shot at a chamois and missed it and crippled the Latinist.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I was about at my wits' end when it occurred to me to try it on the Latinist.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • He was a Latinist, and as I have been told, a bachelor of laws.

  • A swift, weighty style, the style of a Latinist; a classic, not a romantic style.


    James Huneker

  • The method of the Latinist then is essentially one of comparison and contrast.

British Dictionary definitions for latinist


  1. a person who studies or is proficient in Latin
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