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.


  1. LATIN

    LATIN (always referenced in upper case) was a cooperation scheme among 13 newspapers in Latin America which was organized by Reuters and lasted from 1970 until 1981. It was not a news agency per se, but rather a permanent exchange mechanism. In 1975, The New York Times revealed that LATIN was used by the CIA to in covert operations of counterinformation and influencing public opinion in Latin America.Today, similar schemes are carried through the Periódicos Asociados Latinoamericanos and Grupo de Diarios América.


  1. latin

    Latin is a classical language that originated in the area around Rome, Italy, known as Latium. It was the language of the ancient Romans and the ancestor of the modern Romance languages such as Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. Latin is primarily used in academia, particularly in the fields of science, law, religion, philosophy and historical studies. It is also the official language of the Vatican City. Despite being considered a "dead language" due to its minimal use in everyday conversation, Latin continues to be taught in schools and universities around the globe.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LATIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latin is ranked #35246 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Latin surname appeared 639 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Latin.

    44.4% or 284 total occurrences were Black.
    37% or 237 total occurrences were White.
    15.3% or 98 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  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. Jennifer Lopez:

    Two Latinas doing this in this country at this time is just very empowering to us, it's very important for us to convey a message of unity and also to show what a relevant force the Latin community is in this country.

  2. Janet Gonzalez Vasquez:

    I know that she has ‘sangre Latina’ (Latin blood), and that's very important to us, i told my daughters, ‘one day I want you to continue with our traditions. If one day you guys will be a senator or something, I want you to remember where we're coming from.’.

  3. Bert Hoffman:

    The crises in these Latin American countries just underscores Raul's decision to normalize relations with the United States, to come to terms with Western creditors and sign a cooperation agreement with the European Union.

  4. Joachim Herrmann:

    In the meantime a text in Pashto was also found that was partly written in Arabic characters and partly in Latin characters, which indicates that this could be someone who has self-radicalised recently.

  5. Gonzalo Rodriguez:

    Lots of people flip out over good street art these days and if your business has something really cool painted on it people acknowledge you more, i gave the artist carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. I just told him it should have a Latin American feel to it.

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