Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The use of local or provincial words, as in the peculiar style or diction of Livy, the Roman historian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Latin patavinitas, from Patavium (now Padua), where Livy was born: compare French patavinité. (Wiktionary)

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  • JM is constantly expanding his appreciation of patavinity because local words should be for local people.

    April 5, 2011