What is Latin?

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


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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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 free-form ... 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 ... Besides competitions XS Latin also give demonstrations and promote formation dance at several open house events ...
1976 Grammy Awards - Award Winners - Latin
... Best Latin Recording Eddie Palmieri for Sun of Latin Music. ...
Latin - Vocabulary
... As Latin is an Italic language, most of its vocabulary is likewise Italic, deriving ultimately from PIE ... the Romans not only adapted the Etruscan alphabet to form the Latin alphabet, but also borrowed some Etruscan words into their language, including ... 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 ...
Ribagorçan Dialect - Phonology
... ('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 ... 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) ...

More definitions of "Latin":

  • (adj): Of or relating to the ancient region of Latium.
    Example: "Latin towns"
  • (adj): Of or relating to the ancient Latins or the Latin language.
    Example: "Latin verb conjugations"
  • (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): Relating to people or countries speaking Romance languages.
    Example: "Latin America"
  • (noun): A person who is a member of those peoples whose languages derived from Latin.
  • (noun): An inhabitant of ancient Latium.
  • (adj): Relating to languages derived from Latin.
    Synonyms: Romance

Famous quotes containing the word latin:

    Where liberty dwells there is my country.
    —Anonymous. Latin phrase.

    Adopted as a motto by U.S. patriot and orator James Otis (1725-1783)

    To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words.... Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
    George Orwell (1903–1950)

    She’s a Latin from Manhattan.
    Al Dubin (1891–1945)