Relating to or denoting the Romance dialects spoken in parts of SE Switzerland, NE Italy, and Tyrol, especially Romansh and Ladin.
[mass noun] The Rhaeto-Romance dialects.
- ‘There are five (French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish/Castilian), or six if Romansch or Rhaeto-Romanic (a language of Switzerland) is included.’
- ‘However, the occurrence of null subjects in this Swiss dialect of Rhaeto-Romance is restricted to certain persons of the verb and certain syntactic environments.’
From Latin Rhaetus of Rhaetia (the name of a Roman province in the Alps) + Romance.