Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The manner, style, character, etc., of Padua; specifically, the peculiar style or diction of Livy, the Roman historian, who was born at Patavium, now Padua; hence, in general, the use of local or provincial words in writing or speaking.
- n. The use of local or provincial words, as in the peculiar style or diction of Livy, the Roman historian.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The use of local or provincial words, as in the peculiar style or diction of Livy, the Roman historian; -- so called from Patavium, now Padua, the place of Livy's nativity.
- Latin patavinitas, from Patavium (now Padua), where Livy was born: compare French patavinité. (Wiktionary)
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