[ lat-n-ahyz ]

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.

  1. to translate into Latin.

  2. to make Latin American in character: The influx of Cuban immigrants has Latinized Miami.

verb (used without object),Lat·in·ized, Lat·in·iz·ing.
  1. to use words and phrases from Latin: He Latinizes in his poetry.

Origin of Latinize

First recorded in 1580–90; <Late Latin latīnīzāre “to translate into Latin”; see Latin, -ize
  • Also especially British, Lat·in·ise .

Other words from Latinize

  • Lat·in·i·za·tion, noun
  • de-Lat·in·i·za·tion, noun
  • half-Lat·in·ized, adjective
  • un-Lat·in·ized, adjective

Words Nearby Latinize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Latinize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Latinize



/ (ˈlætɪˌnaɪz) /

  1. to translate into Latin or Latinisms

  2. to transliterate into the Latin alphabet

  1. to cause to acquire Latin style or customs

  2. to bring Roman Catholic influence to bear upon (the form of religious ceremonies, etc)

Derived forms of Latinize

  • Latinization or Latinisation, noun
  • Latinizer or Latiniser, noun

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