Roman

noun (1)
Ro·​man | \ ˈrō-mən How to pronounce Roman (audio) \

Definition of Roman

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

Roman

adjective

Definition of Roman (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to Rome or the people of Rome specifically : characteristic of the ancient Romans Roman fortitude
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

roman

noun (2)
ro·​man | \ rō-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce roman (audio) \

Definition of roman (Entry 3 of 3)

: a metrical romance

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Examples of Roman in a Sentence

Noun (1) The type should be set in roman.

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First Known Use of Roman

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Roman

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

French, from Old French romans romance

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“Roman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Roman. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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Roman

noun
Ro·​man | \ ˈrō-mən How to pronounce Roman (audio) \

Kids Definition of Roman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Roman

adjective

Kids Definition of Roman (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to Rome or the Romans
2 not capitalized : of or relating to a type style with upright characters (as in "these letters")

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