One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally (in Old English): †of or relating to Rome in its capacity as a centre of authority for the Christian Church (obsolete). Later (frequently depreciative): of, belonging to, characteristic of, or sympathetic towards the Roman Catholic Church; Roman Catholic.
2Reminiscent or suggestive of (usually ancient) Rome; (of an object) resembling a Roman counterpart.
Romanshrare before 20th cent.
Old English (in an earlier sense). From Roman and its etymon classical Latin Rōmānus + -ish.
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