Definition of Romansh in English:

Romansh

noun

  • The Rhaeto-Romanic language that is spoken in the Swiss canton of Grisons and is an official language of Switzerland.

    • ‘In 1848, the federal constitution stated, ‘German, French, Italian and Romansh are the national languages of Switzerland.’’
    • ‘Another 18 percent speak French, about 10 percent - mostly in the Ticino region - speak Italian, and roughly 1 percent speak Romansh, a dialect spoken mostly in the Grison region.’
    • ‘The Swiss government has launched an offensive to halt the creeping use of English, which it fears is undermining its four official languages; French, German, Italian and Romansh.’
    • ‘The language is, in fact, a mix of several, though it sounds a bit like the Swiss dialect Rumantsch.’
    • ‘Most of the inhabitants speak a German dialect, but French and Italian are also recognized as official languages, and Romansh, spoken by a tiny minority, is a fourth national tongue.’

adjective

  • Relating to Romansh.

    • ‘The children of the Romansh region learn German or French.’

Origin

From Romansh Roman(t)sch, from medieval Latin romanice in the Romanic manner.

Pronunciation:

Romansh

/rōˈmän(t)SH//rōˈman(t)SH/