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Lat•in /ˈlætən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Language Varieties[uncountable] the language of ancient Rome, kept through the Middle Ages and into modern times as the church language of Western Christianity and once as an international language among universities, learned societies, etc.
  2. Language Varieties[countable]
    • a member of any people speaking a language descended from Latin, as French, Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese.
    • a native or inhabitant of any country in Latin America;
      Latin American.

  1. Language Varieties
    • of or relating to a country in Latin America;
      Latin American.
    • of or pertaining to any of the peoples of Europe or North or South America speaking languages descended from Latin.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
Lat•in  (latn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Language Varietiesan Italic language spoken in ancient Rome, fixed in the 2nd or 1st century b.c., and established as the official language of the Roman Empire. Abbr.: L
  2. Language Varietiesone of the forms of literary Latin, as Medieval Latin, Late Latin, Biblical Latin, or Liturgical Latin, or of nonclassical Latin, as Vulgar Latin.
  3. Language Varietiesa native or inhabitant of Latium;
    an ancient Roman.
  4. Language Varietiesa member of any of the Latin peoples, or those speaking chiefly Romance languages, esp. a native of or émigré from Latin America.
  5. Religiona member of the Latin Church;
    a Roman Catholic, as distinguished from a member of the Greek Church.

  1. Language Varietiesdenoting or pertaining to those peoples, as the Italians, French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc., using languages derived from Latin, esp. the peoples of Central and South America:a meeting of the Latin republics.
  2. Religionof or pertaining to the Latin Church.
  3. Language Varietiesof or pertaining to Latium, its inhabitants, or their language.
  4. Linguisticsof or pertaining to the Latin alphabet.
  • Latin Latīnus. See Latium, -ine1
  • Middle English, Old English bef. 950

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Latin /ˈlætɪn/ n
  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
  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
Etymology: Old English latin and læden Latin, language, from Latin Latīnus of Latium

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