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Definition of Latin
LatinLatin Lat"in, a. [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.]
1. Of or pertaining to Latium, or to the Latins, a people of
Latium; Roman; as, the Latin language.
2. Of, pertaining to, or composed in, the language used by
the Romans or Latins; as, a Latin grammar; a Latin
composition or idiom.
Latin Church (Eccl. Hist.), the Western or Roman Catholic
Church, as distinct from the Greek or Eastern Church.
Latin cross. See Illust. 1 of Cross.
Latin races, a designation sometimes loosely given to
certain nations, esp. the French, Spanish, and Italians,
who speak languages principally derived from Latin.
Latin Union, an association of states, originally
comprising France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy, which,
in 1865, entered into a monetary agreement, providing for
an identity in the weight and fineness of the gold and
silver coins of those countries, and for the amounts of
each kind of coinage by each. Greece, Servia, Roumania,
and Spain subsequently joined the Union.
Latin Lat"in, v. t.
To write or speak in Latin; to turn or render into Latin.
LatinLatin Lat"in, n.
1. A native or inhabitant of Latium; a Roman.
2. The language of the ancient Romans.
3. An exercise in schools, consisting in turning English into
Latin. [Obs.] --Ascham.
4. (Eccl.) A member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Dog Latin, barbarous Latin; a jargon in imitation of Latin;
as, the log Latin of schoolboys.
Late Latin, Low Latin, terms used indifferently to
designate the latest stages of the Latin language; low
Latin (and, perhaps, late Latin also), including the
barbarous coinages from the French, German, and other
languages into a Latin form made after the Latin had
become a dead language for the people.
Law Latin, that kind of late, or low, Latin, used in
statutes and legal instruments; -- often barbarous.
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