What does Latin mean?

Definitions for Latin
ˈlæt nLatin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Latinnoun

    any dialect of the language of ancient Rome

  2. Latinnoun

    an inhabitant of ancient Latium

  3. Latinadjective

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

  4. Latinadjective

    of or relating to the ancient Latins or the Latin language

    "Latin verb conjugations"

  5. Latinadjective

    relating to people or countries speaking Romance languages

    "Latin America"

  6. Romance, Latinadjective

    relating to languages derived from Latin

    "Romance languages"

  7. Latinadjective

    of or relating to the ancient region of Latium

    "Latin towns"


  1. Latinnoun

    A person native to ancient Rome or its Empire.

  2. Latinnoun

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

  3. Latinnoun

    A person from Latin America.

  4. Latinnoun

    A person adhering to Roman Catholic practice.

  5. Latinadjective

    Of or relating to the language spoken in ancient Rome.

  6. Latinadjective

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

  7. Latinadjective

    Of or relating to ancient Rome or its Empire.

  8. Latinadjective

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

  9. Latinadjective

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

  10. Latinadjective

    Of or from Latin America or of Latin American culture.

  11. Latinadjective

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

  12. Latinnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LATINadjective

    Written or spoken in the language of the old Romans.

    Etymology: Latinus .

    Augustus himself could not make a new Latin word. John Locke.

  2. Latinnoun

    An exercise practised by school-boys, who turn English into Latin.

    In learning farther his syntaxis, he shall not use the common order in schools for making of Latins. Roger Ascham.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latinadjective

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

  2. Latinadjective

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

  3. Latinnoun

    a native or inhabitant of Latium; a Roman

  4. Latinnoun

    the language of the ancient Romans

  5. Latinnoun

    an exercise in schools, consisting in turning English into Latin

  6. Latinnoun

    a member of the Roman Catholic Church

  7. Latinverb

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

  8. Etymology: [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.]

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

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    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. Goldman Sachs:

    Further, the sharp decline in nearly all commodity prices and the weakening in commodity currencies creates headwinds for oil demand in the commodity producing emerging markets in Latin America and the Middle East. Historically these regions didn’t contribute much to oil demand, today they do.

  2. Victor Hugo Lobato:

    It's very important for us that the pope is Latin American. It shows that faith is universal.

  3. The United:

    The government AMLO brings in is going to plan for alternative strategies, they're going to explore new relationships with Europe, Asia, Latin America.

  4. Douglas Macgregor:

    I think they've got control of it, there's no question about it. But their idea of control is to bring in as many people as they possibly can, as quickly as possible, from anywhere in the world, frankly. But preferably from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and some, some portions of Asia, but not many.

  5. Marcelo Mena-Carrasco:

    This increased mortality from the coronavirus associated with air pollution is something we can foresee in the Latin American region at large.

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