[ roh-muh-nahyz ]

verb (used with object),Ro·man·ized, Ro·man·iz·ing.
  1. to make Roman Catholic.

  2. (often lowercase) to make Roman in character.

  1. (often lowercase) to render in the Latin alphabet, especially a language traditionally written in a different system, as Chinese or Japanese.

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.

Origin of Romanize

First recorded in 1600–10; Roman + -ize
  • Also especially British, Ro·man·ise .

Other words from Romanize

  • Ro·man·i·za·tion, noun
  • Ro·man·iz·er, noun

Words Nearby Romanize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Romanize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Romanize



/ (ˈrəʊməˌnaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to impart a Roman Catholic character to (a ceremony, practice, etc)

  2. (intr) to be converted to Roman Catholicism

  1. (tr) to transcribe or transliterate (a language) into the Roman alphabet

  2. to make Roman in character, allegiance, style, etc

Derived forms of Romanize

  • Romanization or Romanisation, noun

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