Roman

[roh-muh n]
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adjective

noun


Origin of Roman

before 900; < Latin Rōmānus (see Rome, -an); replacing Middle English Romain < Old French < Latin, as above; replacing Old English Roman(e) < Latin, as above
Related formsan·ti-Ro·man, adjective, nounnon-Ro·man, adjective, nounpost-Ro·man, adjectivepre-Ro·man, adjective, nounpseu·do-Ro·man, adjective, noun
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anti-roman

noun plural anti-romans (ɑ̃tirɔmɑ̃)

another term for antinovel

Word Origin for anti-roman

literally: anti-novel

roman

1

adjective

of, relating to, or denoting a vertical style of printing type: the usual form of type for most printed matterCompare italic

noun

roman type or print

Word Origin for roman

C16: so called because the style of letters is that used in ancient Roman inscriptions

roman

2

noun

a metrical narrative in medieval French literature derived from the chansons de geste

Roman

adjective

of or relating to Rome or its inhabitants in ancient or modern times
of or relating to Roman Catholicism or the Roman Catholic Church
denoting, relating to, or having the style of architecture used by the ancient Romans, characterized by large-scale masonry domes, barrel vaults, and semicircular arches

noun

a citizen or inhabitant of ancient or modern Rome
informal short for Roman Catholic
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Word Origin and History for anti-roman

Roman

n.

Old English, from Latin Romanus "of Rome, Roman," from Roma "Rome" (see Rome). The adjective is c.1300, from Old French Romain. The Old English adjective was romanisc, which yielded Middle English Romanisshe.

As a type of numeral (usually contrasted to Arabic) it is attested from 1728; as a type of lettering (based on the upright style typical of Roman inscriptions, contrasted to Gothic, or black letter, and italic) it is recorded from 1510s. Roman nose is from 1620s. Roman candle as a type of fireworks is recorded from 1834. Roman Catholic is attested from c.1600, a conciliatory formation from the time of the Spanish Match, replacing Romanist, Romish which by that time had the taint of insult in Protestant England.

roman

n.

"a novel," 1765, from French roman, from Old French romanz (see romance (n.)); roman à clef, novel in which characters represent real persons, literally "novel with a key" (French), first attested in English 1893. And, for those who can't get enough of it, roman policier "a story of police detection" (1928).

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Idioms and Phrases with anti-roman

Roman

see when in Rome do as the Romans do.

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