Latin

adjective
Lat·​in | \ ˈla-tᵊn How to pronounce Latin (audio) \

Definition of Latin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Latin

noun

Definition of Latin (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Adjective

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for Latin

Adjective

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

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“Latin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Latin. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for Latin

Latin

adjective
Lat·​in | \ ˈla-tᵊn How to pronounce Latin (audio) \

Kids Definition of Latin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Latin

noun

Kids Definition of Latin (Entry 2 of 2)

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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