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Latin

adjective Lat·in \ ˈla-tᵊn \

Definition of Latin

1 a : of, relating to, or composed in Latin
b : romance
2 : of or relating to Latium or the Latins
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 : of or relating to the peoples or countries using Romance languages; specifically : of or relating to the peoples or countries of Latin America

Origin and Etymology of latin

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

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Latin

noun

Definition of Latin

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 : a member of the people of ancient Latium
3 : a Catholic of the Latin rite
4 : a member of one of the Latin peoples; specifically : a native or inhabitant of Latin America

First Known Use of latin

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LATIN Defined for English Language Learners

Latin

Definition of Latin for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Latin

Definition of Latin for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LATIN Defined for Kids

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Latin

adjective Lat·in \ ˈla-tᵊn \

Definition of Latin for Students

1 : of or relating to the language of the ancient Romans
  • Latin grammar
2 : of or relating to the countries or people of Latin America

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Latin

noun

Definition of Latin for Students

1 : the language of the ancient Romans
2 : a member of a people whose language and customs have descended from the ancient Romans
3 : a person born or living in Latin America


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