[ lat-n ]
/ ˈlæt n /
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Origin of Latin

First recorded before 950; Middle English, Old English from Latin Latīnus; see Latium, -ine1


Other definitions for Latin (2 of 2)


or la·ti·n@

[ 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

how to pronounce 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@

See Latinx.
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How to use Latin in a sentence

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

Word Origin for Latin

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


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

notes for Latin

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

notes for Latin

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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