WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
Lat•in /ˈlætən/USA pronunciation n.  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. [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.

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


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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
adj
  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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