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Latin (ˈlætɪn



  1. the language of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire and of the educated in medieval Europe, which achieved its classical form during the 1st century bc. Having originally been the language of Latium, belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family, it later formed the basis of the Romance group . See Late Latin, Low Latin, Medieval Latin, New Latin, Old Latin . See also Romance
  2. a member of any of those peoples whose languages are derived from Latin
  3. an inhabitant of ancient Latium



  1. of or relating to the Latin language, the ancient Latins, or Latium
  2. characteristic of or relating to those peoples in Europe and Latin America whose languages are derived from Latin
  3. of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church
  4. denoting or relating to the Roman alphabet

Word Origin

Old English latin and læden Latin, language, from Latin Latīnus of Latium

Quotations including 'Latin'

  • "If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world" [Heinrich Heine]

Translations for 'Latin'

  • British English: Latin Latin is the language which the ancient Romans used to speak.ˈlætɪn NOUN
  • Arabic: لاتِينِّيٌّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: latim
  • Chinese: 拉丁文
  • Croatian: latinski
  • Czech: latina
  • Danish: latin
  • Dutch: Latijn
  • European Spanish: latín
  • Finnish: latinan kieli
  • French: latin
  • German: Latein
  • Greek: Λατίνος Λατίνα
  • Italian: latino
  • Japanese: ラテン語
  • Korean: 라틴어
  • Norwegian: latin
  • Polish: łacina
  • Portuguese: latim
  • Romanian: limba latină
  • Russian: латынь
  • Spanish: latín
  • Swedish: latin
  • Thai: ภาษาละติน
  • Turkish: Latin
  • Ukrainian: латина
  • Vietnamese: tiếng Latin

Example Sentences Including 'Latin'

Something Latin would go down well with the punters, maybe the `Buena Vista Social Club '.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
There was a toast in Gaelic which everyone except Salter understood, and a Latin grace which took nobody else by surprise.
Wright, Eric A Body Surrounded by Water
We use carols from every land and quite a lot of the old Latin carols.
Brent-Dyer, Elinor Challenge for the Chalet School


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