Meaning of when in Rome in English:

when in Rome

(also when in Rome do as the Romans do)


  • When abroad or in an unfamiliar environment you should adopt the customs or behaviour of those around you.

    • ‘In Ireland 1am is not a time when one would take to the water but it was a case of when in Rome, do as the Roman's do, and so many of the group had a sample dip in the warm Atlantic, before heading home to their host families.’
    • ‘‘I am a loyal Russian citizen… but when in Rome, do what the Romans do,’ she said.’
    • ‘I certainly believe when in Rome should apply when they come to live here.’
    • ‘As they always say, when in Rome do as the Romans do… and being part of Australia, to me, means accepting and partaking in the majority Australian culture (yes we do have a culture, despite what multiculturalists say).’
    • ‘Where we come from, Jonathon, you have to be 21 to drink alcohol-but I say, when in Rome do as the Romans do!’
    • ‘Had a proper good night here - music is not what I would normally admit to dancing to but when in Rome and all that - drinks are expensive but this is Stockholm but in general a top night!’
    • ‘As I winced inwardly at her brightness, I resolved that, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, and introduced myself with a wide grin.’