Often Disparaging and Offensive. a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
one versed in Roman institutions, law, etc.
Romanists, Fine Arts. a group of Flemish and Dutch painters of the 16th century who traveled to Italy and returned to Flanders and Holland with the style and techniques of the High Renaissance and of Mannerism.
Origin: 1515–25; Related forms
< Neo-Latin Romanista.