Definition of Latinize in English:



[with object]
  • 1Give a Latin or Latinate form to (a word)

    ‘his name was Latinized into Confucius’
    • ‘Abraham Ortel, known by his Latinised name of Ortelius, was born in Antwerp on 4 April 1527.’
    • ‘I'm not quite sure why he felt the need to Latinise the names of his fallacies but I suspect it put more people off reading the article than it encouraged.’
    • ‘Jabir ibn Aflah is often known by the Latinised form of his name, namely Geber.’
    • ‘Colchester, whose name was now Latinized to Camulodunum, became the site of a substantial fortress for the Twentieth Legion.’
    • ‘Possibly the most famous musical instruments of all are the violins produced by the Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari, better known by the Latinised name, Stradivarius.’
    • ‘The shortened, Latinised version of his name became Sancte Claus, which led to the obvious name of Santa Claus.’
    1. 1.1archaic Translate into Latin.
    2. 1.2archaic no object Use Latin forms or idiom.
  • 2Make (a people or culture) conform to the ideas and customs of the ancient Romans, the Latin peoples, or the Latin Church.

    • ‘Latin Americans don't want to Latinize the United States - they want to Americanize their own countries.’
    • ‘It was the winter of rebellion as the Marthomite Christians decided to resist what they called attempts to ‘Latinise’ the church in Kerala.’
    • ‘Jupiter promises to add the Teucrian rituals and mores, but to Latinize them.’


Late 16th century: from late Latin Latinizare, from Latin Latinus (see Latin).