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roman

noun ro·man \rō-ˈmäⁿ\

Definition of ROMAN

:  a metrical romance

Origin of ROMAN

French, from Old French romans romance
First Known Use: 1765

1Roman

noun Ro·man \ˈrō-mən\

: a person born, raised, or living in Rome

: a citizen of the ancient Roman Empire

roman : letters, numbers, etc., that stand upright instead of slanting : roman type

Full Definition of ROMAN

1
a :  a native or resident of Rome
b :  a citizen of ancient Rome or of the Roman Empire
2
often offensive :  roman catholic
3
not capitalized :  roman letters or type

Examples of ROMAN

  1. The type should be set in roman.

Origin of ROMAN

partly from Middle English, from Old English, from Latin Romanus, adjective & noun, from Roma Rome; partly from Middle English Romain, from Anglo-French, from Latin Romanus
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ROMAN

2Roman

adjective

: of or relating to Rome or the people of Rome

: of or relating to the ancient Roman Empire

roman : having letters, numbers, etc., that stand upright instead of slanting

Full Definition of ROMAN

1
:  of or relating to Rome or the people of Rome; specifically :  characteristic of the ancient Romans <Roman fortitude>
2
a :  latin 1a
b :  of or relating to the Latin alphabet
3
not capitalized :  of or relating to a type style with upright characters — compare italic
4
:  of or relating to the see of Rome or the Roman Catholic Church
5
:  having a semicircular intrados <Roman arch>
6
:  having a prominent slightly aquiline bridge <a Roman nose>

First Known Use of ROMAN

14th century
ROMAN Defined for Kids

1Roman

noun Ro·man \ˈrō-mən\

Definition of ROMAN for Kids

1
:  a person born or living in Rome
2
:  a citizen of an ancient empire centered on Rome
3
not cap :  upright letters or type

2Roman

adjective

Definition of ROMAN for Kids

1
:  of or relating to Rome or the Romans
2
not cap :  of or relating to a type style with upright characters (as in these letters)
July 01, 2015
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