from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The common speech of the ancient Romans, which is distinguished from standard literary Latin and is the ancestor of the Romance languages.

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  • proper n. The Latin language as spoken by the Roman people, as opposed to Classical Latin as written in formal literature until about 4c.

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  • n. nonclassical Latin dialects spoken in the Roman Empire; source of Romance languages


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