What is Latin?

  • (noun): Any dialect of the language of ancient Rome.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Latin

Latin (i/ˈlætən/; Latin: lingua latīna; ) is an Italic language originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Along with most European languages, it is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language. It originated in the Italian peninsula. Although it is considered a dead language, many students, scholars, and members of the Christian clergy speak it fluently, and it is still taught in some primary and secondary and many post-secondary educational institutions around the world. Latin is still used in the creation of new words in modern languages of many different families, including English, and in biological taxonomy. Latin and its daughter Romance languages are the only surviving languages of the Italic language family. Other languages of the Italic branch are attested in the inscriptions of early Italy, but were assimilated to Latin during the Roman Republic.

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Some articles on Latin:

1976 Grammy Awards - Award Winners - Latin
... Best Latin Recording Eddie Palmieri for Sun of Latin Music. ...
Ribagorçan Dialect - Phonology
... pllou ('it rains'), cllau ('key') General loss of Latin final unstressed vowels except for /a/, as in Catalan ... Latin terra → tierra Latin pōns → puent Occasional interdental fricative as reflex of to Latin /k/ before front vowels e.g ... Different results for 2nd person plural endings of verbs (Latin -tis), from west to east -z (as in some western variants of Aragonese), -tz (as in Occitan) or -u (as in modern Catalan) ...
Latin - Vocabulary
... As Latin is an Italic language, most of its vocabulary is likewise Italic, deriving ultimately from PIE ... not only adapted the Etruscan alphabet to form the Latin alphabet, but also borrowed some Etruscan words into their language, including persona (mask) and histrio (actor) ... Latin also included vocabulary borrowed from Oscan, another Italic language ...
XS Latin
... XS Latin is a formation dance team based in Cambridge, UK. 1st in the UK and 13th in the World as a Latin Formation Team ...
XS Latin - Current Activities
... They dance a six-minute routine that incorporates the five Latin dances - Cha Cha, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba and Rumba - as well as tricks, lifts and ... XS Latin won the British National Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011 They were placed 14th in the World Formation Championships Nov 2008, 13th in the 2010 World Formation ... Besides competitions XS Latin also give demonstrations and promote formation dance at several open house events ...

More definitions of "Latin":

  • (adj): Of or relating to the ancient region of Latium.
    Example: "Latin towns"
  • (noun): A person who is a member of those peoples whose languages derived from Latin.
  • (adj): Relating to languages derived from Latin.
    Synonyms: Romance
  • (adj): Relating to people or countries speaking Romance languages.
    Example: "Latin America"
  • (noun): An inhabitant of ancient Latium.
  • (adj): Having or resembling the psychology or temper characteristic of people of Latin America.
    Example: "Very Latin in temperament"; "a Latin disdain"; "his hot Latin blood"
  • (adj): Of or relating to the ancient Latins or the Latin language.
    Example: "Latin verb conjugations"

Famous quotes containing the word latin:

    In my dealing with my child, my Latin and Greek, my accomplishments and my money stead me nothing; but as much soul as I have avails. If I am wilful, he sets his will against mine, one for one, and leaves me, if I please, the degradation of beating him by my superiority of strength. But if I renounce my will, and act for the soul, setting that up as umpire between us two, out of his young eyes looks the same soul; he reveres and loves with me.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    There are many examples of women that have excelled in learning, and even in war, but this is no reason we should bring ‘em all up to Latin and Greek or else military discipline, instead of needle-work and housewifry.
    Bernard Mandeville (1670–1733)

    There is no doubt that Greek and Latin are great and handsome ornaments, but we buy them too dear.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)