noun (used with a singular verb)
noun, plural ro·mans [raw-mahn] /rɔˈmɑ̃/. French.
Origin of Roman
Examples from the Web for romans
Contemporary Examples of romans
Ancient Romans exchanged gifts of figs and honey and would make sure to work part of the day as a good omen for the coming year.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
The Ancient Greeks and Romans carried ruby flags into battle.Scarlet Is the New Black
August 31, 2014
Tribes killing their neighbors and burning their fields were now depriving the Romans of soldiers to conscript and produce to tax.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
In the second century, wealthy Romans served to their guests a confectionary treat containing cannabis.The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot
July 6, 2014
Romans first cultivated vines there in the 2nd century B.C., and viticulture flourished.Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started
April 26, 2014
Historical Examples of romans
This time the Romans decided to be thorough in their work of destruction.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
After that the Romans sailed over from Italy and conquered her again.Buried Cities, Part 2
We have a letter that one of those old Romans wrote to a friend.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
Powerful tribes, like the Romans, Saxons and Normans, have tried to overwhelm them.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The Romans adapted their dwellings to the climate in which they lived.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Word Origin for roman
Old English, from Latin Romanus "of Rome, Roman," from Roma "Rome" (see Rome). The adjective is c.1300, from Old French Romain. The Old English adjective was romanisc, which yielded Middle English Romanisshe.
As a type of numeral (usually contrasted to Arabic) it is attested from 1728; as a type of lettering (based on the upright style typical of Roman inscriptions, contrasted to Gothic, or black letter, and italic) it is recorded from 1510s. Roman nose is from 1620s. Roman candle as a type of fireworks is recorded from 1834. Roman Catholic is attested from c.1600, a conciliatory formation from the time of the Spanish Match, replacing Romanist, Romish which by that time had the taint of insult in Protestant England.
"a novel," 1765, from French roman, from Old French romanz (see romance (n.)); roman à clef, novel in which characters represent real persons, literally "novel with a key" (French), first attested in English 1893. And, for those who can't get enough of it, roman policier "a story of police detection" (1928).
see when in Rome do as the Romans do.