Borrowed from Romansch romansch, romontsch, rumantsch et al., from Vulgar Latin rōmānicē (“in the Roman manner; in a Romance language”, adverb), from Latin rōmānicus. Perhaps influenced by the Germanic suffix seen in English as "-ish". See also romance.
- A Rhaeto-Romance language (or dialect continuum) spoken in the Graubünden/Grisons canton of Switzerland; it is one of the four official languages of Switzerland. [from 17th c.]
- Some writers have restricted the term "Romansch" to western dialects (as opposed to Ladin in the east), while others have used it more broadly to indicate all Rhaeto-Romance languages.