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verb (used with object), Lat·in·ized, Lat·in·iz·ing.
  1. to cause to conform to the customs, traditions, beliefs, etc., of the Latins or the Latin Church.
  2. to intermix with Latin elements.
  3. to translate into Latin.
  4. to make Latin-American in character: The influx of Cuban immigrants has Latinized Miami.
  5. Romanize(def 3).
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verb (used without object), Lat·in·ized, Lat·in·iz·ing.
  1. to use words and phrases from Latin: He Latinizes in his poetry.
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Also especially British, Lat·in·ise.

Origin of Latinize

First recorded in 1580–90, Latinize is from the Late Latin word latīnīzāre to translate into Latin. See Latin, -ize
Related formsLat·in·i·za·tion, nounde-Lat·in·i·za·tion, nounhalf-Lat·in·ized, adjectiveun-Lat·in·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for latinization

Historical Examples

  • Virgoe, a latinization of Virgin, is perhaps due to a shop-sign.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Second in time and thoroughness to their Latinization was that of Spain.

  • There can be little doubt that Senior is usually a latinization of the medieval le seigneur, whence also Saynor.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Upon their submission the Latinization of the whole valley began, and advanced apace; but the evidence is scanty.

  • Here also Germany cannot give over to Latinization the long-oppressed Flemish race.

British Dictionary definitions for latinization



verb (tr)
  1. to translate into Latin or Latinisms
  2. to transliterate into the Latin alphabet
  3. to cause to acquire Latin style or customs
  4. to bring Roman Catholic influence to bear upon (the form of religious ceremonies, etc)
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Derived FormsLatinization or Latinisation, nounLatinizer or Latiniser, noun
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