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verb (used with object), Ro·man·ized, Ro·man·iz·ing.
  1. to make Roman Catholic.
  2. (often lowercase) to make Roman in character.
  3. (often lowercase) to render in the Latin alphabet, especially a language traditionally written in a different system, as Chinese or Japanese.
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verb (used without object), Ro·man·ized, Ro·man·iz·ing.
  1. to conform to Roman Catholic doctrine and practices; to become Roman Catholic.
  2. (often lowercase) to follow Roman practices.
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Also especially British, Ro·man·ise.

Origin of Romanize

First recorded in 1600–10; Roman + -ize
Related formsRo·man·i·za·tion, nounRo·man·iz·er, noun
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Historical Examples of romanised

  • This will at once be evident if we examine a few words of romanised Japanese.

    Plays of Old Japan

    Marie C. Stopes

  • In Pisa and its neighbourhood the author will find a surfeit of Romanised primitives.


    Clive Bell

  • Romanised in mien, he wants but the flowing toga and sandalled shoon to shine as a centurion.

    Original Penny Readings

    George Manville Fenn

  • Kingdoms that flourished while they were but Romanised, have perished since they became Tridentine.

  • Jordanes, a Romanised Goth, wrote in the sixth century the history of his people.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3

    Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.

British Dictionary definitions for romanised



  1. (tr) to impart a Roman Catholic character to (a ceremony, practice, etc)
  2. (intr) to be converted to Roman Catholicism
  3. (tr) to transcribe or transliterate (a language) into the Roman alphabet
  4. to make Roman in character, allegiance, style, etc
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Derived FormsRomanization or Romanisation, noun
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