Definition of Rhaeto-Romanic in US English:

Rhaeto-Romanic

(also Rhaeto-Romance)

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting the Romance dialects spoken in parts of southeastern Switzerland, northeastern Italy, and Tyrol, especially Romansh and Ladin.

noun

  • Any of the Rhaeto-Romanic dialects.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are five (French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish/Castilian), or six if Romansch or Rhaeto-Romanic (a language of Switzerland) is included.’

Origin

From Latin Rhaetus ‘of Rhaetia’ (the name of a Roman province in the Alps) + Romance.

Pronunciation

Rhaeto-Romanic

/ˌrēdōrōˈmanik/