balteus

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The term possibly derives from the word for belt in Etruscan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

balteus m (genitive balteī); second declension

  1. A belt, girdle
    1. A sub-cinctorium, a papal garment.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the Old Testament, Exodus 39:38: A Jewish priest wore a balteus girdle: 3 or 4 fingers in breadth and (according to Rabbinic tradition) 32 ells long; it had to be embroidered after the same pattern and to be of the same colour as the curtain of the forecourt and the tabernacle of the covenant.
  • A balteus (sword belt) was worn by the Roman legionary.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative balteus balteī
genitive balteī balteōrum
dative balteō balteīs
accusative balteum balteōs
ablative balteō balteīs
vocative baltee balteī

Descendants[edit]