What does Latin mean?

Definitions for Latin
ˈlæt nLatin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Latin(noun)

    any dialect of the language of ancient Rome

  2. Latin(noun)

    an inhabitant of ancient Latium

  3. Latin(adj)

    a person who is a member of those peoples whose languages derived from Latin

  4. Latin(adj)

    of or relating to the ancient Latins or the Latin language

    "Latin verb conjugations"

  5. Latin(adj)

    relating to people or countries speaking Romance languages

    "Latin America"

  6. Romance, Latin(adj)

    relating to languages derived from Latin

    "Romance languages"

  7. Latin(adj)

    of or relating to the ancient region of Latium

    "Latin towns"


  1. Latin(Noun)

    A person native to ancient Rome or its Empire.

  2. Latin(Noun)

    A person from one of the modern European countries (including France, Spain etc.) whose language is descended from Latin.

  3. Latin(Noun)

    A person from Latin America.

  4. Latin(Noun)

    A person adhering to Roman Catholic practice.

  5. Latin(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the language spoken in ancient Rome.

  6. Latin(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the script of the language spoken in ancient Rome and many modern alphabets.

  7. Latin(Adjective)

    Of or relating to ancient Rome or its Empire.

  8. Latin(Adjective)

    Of or relating to Latium (modern Lazio), the region around Rome.

  9. Latin(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the customs and people descended from the ancient Romans and their Empire.

  10. Latin(Adjective)

    Of or from Latin America or of Latin American culture.

  11. Latin(Adjective)

    Roman Catholic; of or pertaining to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.

  12. Latin(ProperNoun)

    The language of the ancient Romans and of the Roman Catholic church, especially Classical Latin.

  13. Origin: From latinus, from Latium + -inus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latin(adj)

    of or pertaining to Latium, or to the Latins, a people of Latium; Roman; as, the Latin language

  2. Latin(adj)

    of, pertaining to, or composed in, the language used by the Romans or Latins; as, a Latin grammar; a Latin composition or idiom

  3. Latin(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of Latium; a Roman

  4. Latin(noun)

    the language of the ancient Romans

  5. Latin(noun)

    an exercise in schools, consisting in turning English into Latin

  6. Latin(noun)

    a member of the Roman Catholic Church

  7. Latin(verb)

    to write or speak in Latin; to turn or render into Latin

  8. Origin: [F., fr. L. Latinus belonging to Latium, Latin, fr. Latium a country of Italy, in which Rome was situated. Cf. Ladin, Lateen sail, under Lateen.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Latin

    lat′in, adj. pertaining to ancient Latium (esp. Rome) or its inhabitants, also to all races claiming affinity with the Latins by language, race, or civilisation: written or spoken in Latin.—n. an inhabitant of ancient Latium: a member of a modern race ethnically or linguistically related to the ancient Romans or Italians: the language of ancient Rome—the foundation of the modern Romance tongues: a member of the Latin or Roman Catholic Church.—adj. Lā′tian.—n. Lat′iner, one who knows Latin: (obs.) an interpreter.—v.t. Lat′inīse, to give Latin forms to: to render into Latin.—ns. Lat′inism, a Latin idiom; Lat′inist, one skilled in Latin; Latin′ity, the Latin tongue, style, or idiom.—Latin Church, the Western Church as distinguished from the Greek or Oriental Church, so named as having employed Latin as its official language: the Roman Catholic Church; Latin Empire, that portion of the Byzantine Empire seized in 1204 by the Crusaders, and overthrown by the Greeks in 1261; Latin kingdom, the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem ruled by French or Latin kings, and lasting from 1099 to 1187.—Classical Latin, the Latin of the writers who flourished from about 75 B.C. to 200 A.D.; Dog Latin, barbarous Latin; Late Latin, the Latin written by authors between 200 and (circ.) 600 A.D.; Middle, Medieval, or Low Latin, the Latin of the middle age between 600 and 1500 A.D.; New, Modern, Latin, Latin as written between 1500 and the present time, mostly used as a scientific medium; Thieves' Latin, thieves' cant. [L. Latinus, belonging to Latium, the district round Rome.]

Editors Contribution

  1. latin

    A type of language used that originated in italy.

    Latin originated in ancient Rome.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 31, 2016  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Latin' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4074

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Latin' in Adjectives Frequency: #560

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Latin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Latin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Latin in a Sentence

  1. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela:

    Never again a U.S. invasion in Latin America.

  2. Dou Yong:

    We look on Chile as the benchmark for the whole of Latin America.

  3. Hubert Weber:

    We are looking to Indonesia and select countries in Latin America.

  4. Andrew Chesnut:

    In Latin America, church officials rebuke Santa Muerte almost weekly.

  5. Hctor Prez Marcano:

    Back then (for Fidel) Venezuela was the crown jewel of Latin America.

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