Latin

[ lat-n ]
/ ˈlæt n /

noun

adjective

Origin of Latin

before 950; Middle English, Old English < Latin Latīnus. See Latium, -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for latin

Latin

/ (ˈlætɪn) /

noun

the language of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire and of the educated in medieval Europe, which achieved its classical form during the 1st century bc. Having originally been the language of Latium, belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family, it later formed the basis of the Romance groupSee Late Latin, Low Latin, Medieval Latin, New Latin, Old Latin See also Romance
a member of any of those peoples whose languages are derived from Latin
an inhabitant of ancient Latium

adjective

Word Origin for Latin

Old English latin and læden Latin, language, from Latin Latīnus of Latium
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Culture definitions for latin

Latin


The language of ancient Rome. When Rome became an empire, the language spread throughout southern and western Europe.

Note

The modern Romance languages — French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and a few others — are all derived from Latin.

Note

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Latin was the universal language of learning. Even in modern English, many scholarly, technical, and legal terms, such as per se and habeas corpus, retain their Latin form.
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