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[roh-muh-nahyz] /ˈroʊ məˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), Romanized, Romanizing.
to make Roman Catholic.
(often lowercase) to make Roman in character.
(often lowercase) to render in the Latin alphabet, especially a language traditionally written in a different system, as Chinese or Japanese.
verb (used without object), Romanized, Romanizing.
to conform to Roman Catholic doctrine and practices; to become Roman Catholic.
(often lowercase) to follow Roman practices.
Also, especially British, Romanise.
Origin of Romanize
First recorded in 1600-10; Roman + -ize
Related forms
Romanization, noun
Romanizer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for romanised
Historical Examples
  • This will at once be evident if we examine a few words of romanised Japanese.

    Plays of Old Japan Marie C. Stopes
  • In Pisa and its neighbourhood the author will find a surfeit of romanised primitives.


    Clive Bell
  • romanised in mien, he wants but the flowing toga and sandalled shoon to shine as a centurion.

    Original Penny Readings George Manville Fenn
  • Kingdoms that flourished while they were but romanised, have perished since they became Tridentine.

  • Jordanes, a romanised Goth, wrote in the sixth century the history of his people.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • Celtic religion was romanised, and if the Druids retained priestly functions, it could only be by their becoming romanised also.

  • These once Roman or partly romanised districts were undoubtedly its chief home.

  • The inhabitants consisted of the Governor and the military officers and romanised Britons.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • Altogether, Bæda may be taken as a fair specimen of the romanised Englishman, alike in his strength and in his weakness.

    Early Britain Grant Allen
  • They have no written language, but their spoken language has been romanised by the American missionaries in Burma.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for romanised


(transitive) to impart a Roman Catholic character to (a ceremony, practice, etc)
(intransitive) to be converted to Roman Catholicism
(transitive) to transcribe or transliterate (a language) into the Roman alphabet
to make Roman in character, allegiance, style, etc
Derived Forms
Romanization, Romanisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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