- 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.
- 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 of LatinClassical 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
- 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 BC to the end of the second century AD.
- 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 of LatinMiddle English, from Old French and from Old English l&aemac;den, both from Latin Latīnus, from Latium, an ancient country of west-central Italy.
- Alternative capitalization of Latin
- Of or relating to the language spoken in ancient Rome and other cities of Latium.
- Of or relating to the script of the language spoken in ancient Rome and many modern alphabets.
- Of or relating to ancient Rome or its Empire.
- Of or relating to Latium (modern Lazio), the region around Rome.
- Of or relating to the customs and people descended from the ancient Romans and their Empire.
- Of or from Latin America or of Latin American culture.
- (Christianity) Roman Catholic; of or pertaining to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
Latin does not generally take an article, when referring to the Latin language. However, in the past (such as during the 19th century) this was common (e.g. “To what language does lingua belong?”, answered by “The Latin.”), and in some contexts is still used (“I read the text in the Latin [language edition].”). This mirrors French use, where the name of the language does take the definite article, as in je parle le latin ("I speak Latin").
- A person native to ancient Rome or its Empire.
- A person from one of the modern European countries (including France, Spain etc.) whose language is descended from Latin.
- A person from Latin America.
- (Christianity) A person adhering to Roman Catholic practice.
- A person native to the ancient region of Latium.
From Latin latīnus, from Latium (“the region around Rome”) + -īnus (“adjective suffix”).