- The definition of Latin is something related to the language of ancient Rome, or someone or something associated with Latin America, its music or its language.
- Biblical verse written in the language of Ancient Rome is an example of Latin verse.
- Salsa music is an example of music that would be described as Latin music.
- Latin is the language of ancient Rome and is a language widely used in religion and scholarly works, or a person whose native language originates from Latin.
A language spoken by Cicero and Caesar is an example of Latin.
An 18th century book written in Latin.
Latin definition by Webster's New World
- of ancient Latium or its people
- of ancient Rome or its people
- of or in the language of ancient Latium and ancient Rome
- designating or of the languages derived from Latin, the peoples that speak them, or their countries or cultures
- of or relating to Latin Americans
- of the Roman Catholic Church, esp. as distinguished from the Eastern Church
Origin: Classical Latin Latinus ; from Latium, Latium (in which Rome was included), origin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps “flat land” ; from Indo-European an unverified form tletiom ; from base an unverified form (s)tel-, to spread out from source Classical Latin latus, broad
- a person born or living in ancient Latium or ancient Rome
- the Italic language of ancient Latium and ancient Rome
- a person whose language is derived from Latin, as a Spaniard, Italian, or Latin American
- a Roman Catholic: so called esp. by Eastern Christians
Latin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The Indo-European language of the ancient Latins and Romans and the most important cultural language of western Europe until the end of the 17th century.b. The Latin language and literature from the end of the third century B.C. to the end of the second century A.D.
- a. A member of a Latin people, especially a native or inhabitant of Latin America.b. A Latino or Latina.
- A native or resident of ancient Latium.
- Of, relating to, or composed in Latin: a Latin scholar; Latin verse.
- a. Of or relating to ancient Rome, its people, or its culture.b. Of or relating to Latium, its people, or its culture.
- Of or relating to the languages that developed from Latin, such as Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, or to the peoples that speak them.
- a. Of or relating to the peoples, countries, or cultures of Latin America.b. Of or relating to Latinos or their culture.
- Of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French and from Old English lǣden, both from Latin Latīnus, from Latium, an ancient country of west-central Italy.
Latin - Cultural Definition
- The modern Romance languages — French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and a few others — are all derived from Latin.
- During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Latin was the universal language of learning. Even in modern English, many scholarly, technical, and legal terms, such as per se and habeas corpus, retain their Latin form.