Definition of Rome in English:


Pronunciation /rōm/ /roʊm/

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proper noun

  • 1The capital of Italy, situated in the west central part of the country, on the Tiber River, about 16 miles (25 km) inland; population 2,724,347 (2008). According to tradition, the ancient city was founded by Romulus (after whom it is named) in 753 BC on the Palatine Hill; as it grew it spread to the other six hills of Rome (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, and Quirinal). Rome was made capital of a unified Italy in 1871.

    Italian name Roma

    1. 1.1Used allusively to refer to the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 2An industrial city in northwestern Georgia, on the Coosa River; population 36,041 (est. 2008).

  • 3An industrial city in central New York, on the Mohawk River; population 33,673 (est. 2008).


    when in Rome
    • When abroad or in an unfamiliar environment you should adopt the customs or behavior 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.’
    all roads lead to Rome
    • There are many different ways of reaching the same goal or conclusion.

      ‘Just as all roads lead to Rome, I decided to join the largest throng.’
      • ‘Ants have a road network like the Romans; all roads lead to Rome.’
      • ‘As all roads lead to Rome so will all questions will lead back to those technical documents that he hasn't read.’
    Rome was not built in a day
    • A complex task is bound to take a long time and should not be rushed.

      ‘As one analyst concluded, ‘We should recall that Rome was not built in a day, and note in the context of the Gulf monarchies that reform from above is still a far preferable route to change than revolution from below.’’
      • ‘They ought to be aware that Rome was not built in a day and realise that what they failed to achieve in the ended negotiations can always be addressed in the next round scheduled to begin as early as May.’
      • ‘He added: ‘We are as aware as anyone of those areas that have not reached their targets but Rome was not built in a day.’’
      • ‘No results in the beginning, Rome was not built in a day.’