[ raw-mahn ]
/ rɔˈmɑ̃ /

noun, plural ro·mans [raw-mahn] /rɔˈmɑ̃/. French.

a metrical narrative, especially in medieval French literature.
a novel.

Definition for roman (2 of 2)

[ roh-muh n ]
/ ˈroʊ mən /



Origin of Roman

before 900; < Latin Rōmānus (see Rome, -an); replacing Middle English Romain < Old French < Latin, as above; replacing Old English Roman(e) < Latin, as above

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Example sentences from the Web for roman

British Dictionary definitions for roman (1 of 3)

/ (ˈrəʊmən) /


of, relating to, or denoting a vertical style of printing type: the usual form of type for most printed matterCompare italic


roman type or print

Word Origin for roman

C16: so called because the style of letters is that used in ancient Roman inscriptions

British Dictionary definitions for roman (2 of 3)

/ (French rɔmɑ̃) /


a metrical narrative in medieval French literature derived from the chansons de geste

British Dictionary definitions for roman (3 of 3)

/ (ˈrəʊmən) /


of or relating to Rome or its inhabitants in ancient or modern times
of or relating to Roman Catholicism or the Roman Catholic Church
denoting, relating to, or having the style of architecture used by the ancient Romans, characterized by large-scale masonry domes, barrel vaults, and semicircular arches


a citizen or inhabitant of ancient or modern Rome
informal short for Roman Catholic
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Idioms and Phrases with roman


see when in Rome do as the Romans do.

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