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roman Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a resident of modern Rome
  2. noun an inhabitant of the ancient Roman Empire
  3. noun a typeface used in ancient Roman inscriptions
    roman type; roman print; roman letters.
  4. adjective relating to or characteristic of people of Rome
    • Roman virtues
    • his Roman bearing in adversity
    • a Roman nose
  5. adjective of or relating to or derived from Rome (especially ancient Rome)
    • Roman architecture
    • the old Roman wall
  6. adjective characteristic of the modern type that most directly represents the type used in ancient Roman inscriptions
  7. adjective of or relating to or supporting Romanism
    Roman Catholic; papist; popish; papistic; romish; R.C.; papistical; Romanist.
    • the Roman Catholic Church

Ro"man adjective
L. Romanus, fr. Roma Rome: cf. F. romain. Cf. Romaic, Romance, Romantic.
  1. Of or pertaining to Rome, or the Roman people; like or characteristic of Rome, the Roman people, or things done by Romans; as, Roman fortitude; a Roman aqueduct; Roman art.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic religion; professing that religion.
  3. (Print.) (a) Upright; erect; -- said of the letters or kind of type ordinarily used, as distinguished from Italic characters. (b) Expressed in letters, not in figures, as I., IV., i., iv., etc.; -- said of numerals, as distinguished from the Arabic numerals, 1, 4, etc.
Ro"man noun
  1. A native, or permanent resident, of Rome; a citizen of Rome, or one upon whom certain rights and privileges of a Roman citizen were conferred.
  2. Roman type, letters, or print, collectively; -- in distinction from Italics.

Webster 1913