- (historical) A region of central Italy in which the city of Rome was founded and grew to be the capital city of the Roman Empire
- Lazio, the corresponding modern region
Probably a loanword from an ancient non-Indo-European language, possibly related to Etruscan, but it has also been linked to lātus (“wide”), a reference to the flat land, or latus (“side”), being on the southwest side of the Italian peninsula.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈla.ti.um/, [ˈɫ̪a.t̪i.ʊ̃ˑ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈla.t͡si.um/, [ˈlaː.t͡si.um]
Second-declension noun (neuter), with locative, singular only.
1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).