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Latin

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adjective Lat·in \ˈla-tən\

Simple Definition of Latin

  • : based on, relating to, or written in Latin

  • : of or relating to the people of Central America and South America

  • : of or relating to the people of European countries (such as Spain and Italy) in which languages that come from Latin are spoken

Full Definition of Latin

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or composed in Latin b :  romance

  2. 2 :  of or relating to Latium or the Latins

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the part of the Catholic Church that until recently used a Latin rite and forms the patriarchate of the pope

  4. 4 :  of or relating to the peoples or countries using Romance languages; specifically :  of or relating to the peoples or countries of Latin America

Origin of latin

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin Latinus, from Latium, ancient country of Italy


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Latin

noun Lat·in

Simple Definition of Latin

  • : the language of ancient Rome

  • : a person born or living in Latin America or in a country (such as Spain or Italy) where a language that comes from Latin is spoken

Full Definition of Latin

  1. 1 :  the Italic language of ancient Latium and of Rome and until modern times the dominant language of school, church, and state in western Europe — see indo-european languages table

  2. 2 :  a member of the people of ancient Latium

  3. 3 :  a Catholic of the Latin rite

  4. 4 :  a member of one of the Latin peoples; specifically :  a native or inhabitant of Latin America

  5. 5 :  latin alphabet

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of latin

before 12th century


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