ro·​man·​ize ˈrō-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce romanize (audio)
romanized; romanizing

transitive verb

often capitalized : to make Roman in character
: to write or print (something, such as a language) in the Latin alphabet
romanize Chinese
: to convert to Roman Catholicism
: to give a Roman Catholic character to
romanization noun often capitalized

Examples of romanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common method used pinyin, the system of romanized spelling for Mandarin that Chinese students learn in school. Mara Hvistendahl, Wired, 18 May 2020 Goo, romanized by the star as Koo and also known professionally as GUHARA, was one of the K-pop world’s most prominent female stars and also popular in Japan after rising to fame as part of girl group KARA. Tamar Herman, Billboard, 24 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of romanize was in 1607

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“Romanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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