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

  • n. A narrative poem or a prose tale in medieval French literature.
  • n. A novel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Upright, as opposed to italic.
  • adj. Of or related to the Latin alphabet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Rome, or the Roman people; like or characteristic of Rome, the Roman people, or things done by Romans.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic religion; professing that religion.
  • adj.
  • adj. Upright; erect; -- said of the letters or kind of type ordinarily used, as distinguished from Italic characters.
  • adj. Expressed in letters, not in figures, as I., IV., i., iv., etc.; -- said of numerals, as distinguished from the Arabic numerals, 1, 4, etc.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Roman type, letters, or print, collectively; -- in distinction from Italics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to ancient or modern Rome, or the people, institutions, or characteristics of Rome.
  • Hence Having some attribute deemed especially characteristic of the ancient Romans; noble; distinguished; brave; hardy; patriotic; stern.
  • Pertaining to Rome ecclesiastically; of or pertaining to the Church of Rome; papal.
  • [lowercase or cap.] Noting a form of letter or type of which the text of this book is an example.
  • Synonyms Roman, Latin. Roman naturally applies to that which is especially associated or connected with the city, Rome; Latin to that which similarly belongs to the district, Latium. Hence, we speak of Roman power, fortitude, administration; the Roman church; the Latin language. Nearly all the use of Latin has grown out of its application to the language: as, Latin grammar; a Latin idiom; the Latin Church. The words are not interchangeable.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Rome, the capital of Italy, and chief city of the ancient Roman empire.
  • n. A person enjoying the freedom or citizenship of ancient Rome.
  • n. A member or an adherent of the Church of Rome; a Romanist.
  • n. [lowercase] A roman letter or type, in distinction from an italic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inhabitant of the ancient Roman Empire
  • adj. characteristic of the modern type that most directly represents the type used in ancient Roman inscriptions
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of people of Rome
  • n. a typeface used in ancient Roman inscriptions
  • adj. of or relating to or derived from Rome (especially ancient Rome)
  • adj. of or relating to or supporting Romanism
  • n. a resident of modern Rome


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

French, from Old French romans, romance; see romance.



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  • German for 'novel'. See also Bildungsroman.

    January 9, 2008