[ lat-n ]
/ ˈlæt n /
an Italic language spoken in ancient Rome, fixed in the 2nd or 1st century b.c., and established as the official language of the Roman Empire. Abbreviation: L
one of the forms of literary Latin, as Medieval Latin, Late Latin, Biblical Latin, or Liturgical Latin, or of nonclassical Latin, as Vulgar Latin.
a native or inhabitant of Latium; an ancient Roman.
a member of any of the Latin peoples, or those speaking chiefly Romance languages, especially a native of or émigré from Latin America.
a member of the Latin Church; a Roman Catholic, as distinguished from a member of the Greek Church.
denoting or pertaining to those peoples, as the Italians, French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc., using languages derived from Latin, especially the peoples of Central and South America: a meeting of the Latin republics.
of or relating to the Latin Church.
of or relating to Latium, its inhabitants, or their language.
of or relating to the Latin alphabet.
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OTHER WORDS FROM Latin
anti-Latin, adjectivenon-Latin, adjective, nounpre-Latin, adjective, nounpro-Latin, adjective
Definition for Latin (2 of 2)
[ luh-tee-noh-luh-tee-nuh, la‐ ]
/ ləˈti noʊ ləˈti nə, læ‐ /
of or relating to people of Latin American origin or descent, especially those living in the United States (used in place of the masculine form Latino or the feminine form Latina): The school promoted Latin American awareness during Latin@ Heritage Month.
noun, plural La·ti·n@s.
a person of Latin American origin or descent, especially one living in the United States (used in place of the masculine form Latino or the feminine form Latina): Latin@s in high-tech fields.
See also Latinx.
Origin of Latin@
First recorded in 1995–2000; from the superficial resemblance of @ as a combination of a and o;see Latinx
pronunciation note for Latin@
The unusually constructed word Latin@ is more commonly used in writing than in speech, probably because the final character poses a pronunciation challenge. Most speakers don't assign “@” a sound at all, often pronouncing Latin@ by running the two intended forms together, as “Latino-Latina.” Others have postulated that the final vowel might rhyme with “cow,” as [luh-tee-nou], /ləˈti naʊ/, splitting the @ into “a” and “o.” However, research has shown this to be quite rare.
historical usage of Latin@
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British Dictionary definitions for Latin
/ (ˈlætɪn) /
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
of or relating to the Latin language, the ancient Latins, or Latium
characteristic of or relating to those peoples in Europe and Latin America whose languages are derived from Latin
of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church
denoting or relating to the Roman alphabet
Word Origin for Latin
Old English latin and læden Latin, language, from Latin Latīnus of Latium
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Cultural definitions for Latin
notes for Latin
The modern Romance languages — French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and a few others — are all derived from Latin.
notes for Latin
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