Definition of latin
What does the word latin mean?
part of speech: adjective, noun
Of Latium or ancient Latins or Romans; of, like, in, the language of the ancient Romans, whence Latinism (4) n.; of the Roman Catholic Church; speaking one of the languages descended from Latin, Romance, (the Latin peoples, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, &c). (N.) the Latin language (old L., before about 75 B. c, preclassical; classical L., that of great writers of late republican& early imperial Rome, about 75 B.C. to 175 A.D.; late L., about 175 to 600 A. D.; medieval L., about 600 to 1500 A. D.; modern L., since 1500 a. d.; low L.,=medieval, or late& medieval; thieves1 L., secret language of thieves &c.; dog L.), whence Latinless a., Latinist (3) n.; inhabitant of Latium, (Rom. ant.) Italian with special franchise. [Latin]