Latin cross
Latin Lat"in, a. [F., fr. L. Latinus belonging to Latium, Latin, fr. Latium a country of Italy, in which Rome was situated. Cf. {Ladin}, Lateen sail, under {Lateen}.] 1. Of or pertaining to Latium, or to the Latins, a people of Latium; Roman; as, the Latin language. [1913 Webster]

2. Of, pertaining to, or composed in, the language used by the Romans or Latins; as, a Latin grammar; a Latin composition or idiom. [1913 Webster]

{Latin Church} (Eccl. Hist.), the Western or Roman Catholic Church, as distinct from the Greek or Eastern Church.

{Latin cross}. See Illust. 1 of {Cross}.

{Latin races}, a designation sometimes loosely given to certain nations, esp. the French, Spanish, and Italians, who speak languages principally derived from Latin.

{Latin Union}, an association of states, originally comprising France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy, which, in 1865, entered into a monetary agreement, providing for an identity in the weight and fineness of the gold and silver coins of those countries, and for the amounts of each kind of coinage by each. Greece, Servia, Roumania, and Spain subsequently joined the Union. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Latin cross — n. a plain, right angled cross having the vertical bar longest: see CROSS …   English World dictionary

  • Latin cross — noun Date: 1797 a figure of a cross having a long upright shaft and a shorter crossbar traversing it above the middle see cross illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Latin cross — noun A cross consisting of a vertical bar intersected by a shorter horizontal one above its midpoint; the form of the Christian cross …   Wiktionary

  • Latin cross — noun a cross with the lowest arm being longer than the others • Hypernyms: ↑Cross …   Useful english dictionary

  • Latin cross — an upright or vertical bar crossed near the top by a shorter horizontal bar. See illus. under cross. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • Latin cross —    A cross in which the vertical member is longer than the horizontal member …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • Latin cross — noun a plain cross in which the vertical part below the horizontal is longer than the other three parts …   English new terms dictionary

  • Latin cross — Lat′in cross′ n. rel an upright or vertical bar crossed near the top by a shorter horizontal bar • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • Latin cross — /lætn ˈkrɒs/ (say latn kros) noun an upright bar crossed near the top by a shorter transverse piece …   Australian English dictionary

  • Latin cross plan —    An architectural plan for a church that is shaped like the cross on which Christ was crucified, the central event in the Christian story of salvation. Latin cross plans are composed of a nave, usually flanked by aisles, chapels, or both, a… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

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