A quasi Latin lesson…

What does it mean?


‘Quasi’ means having a likeness, or a resemblance, to someone or something.


The literal translation of ‘quasi’ from Latin to English is ‘as if.’ It’s first recorded use within the English language was in the late 15th century, but it didn’t come into popular everyday use until 500 years later.

Improper Use

‘Quasi’ is sometimes used to mean ‘an imitation of,’ which is incorrect.

Proper Use

‘Quasi’ should only be used when describing a resemblance, a likeness, or something that almost is, but isn’t. A few examples of use in sentences:

‘Basically, a ukulele is a quasi-guitar.’
‘His performance was a quasi-success.’

It can also be used in place of ‘sort of’ or seemingly:

‘She was quasi talented, but there were far better out there.’
‘This is a quasi Latin lesson.’