carmen

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

carmen

  1. plural form of carman

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Latin casmen (song), believed to be for earlier *cansmen, abstract noun formed from Proto-Indo-European *kan- (to sing). Confer canō (I sing, chant).

Alternative etymology connects casmen, *cansmen to Proto-Indo-European *ḱens- (to speak in a florid, solemn style, attest, witness), relating it to Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌶𐌾𐌰𐌽 (hazjan, to praise), Old English herian (to praise, extol, commend). See herry.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

carmen n (genitive carminis); third declension

  1. song
  2. poem
  3. play
  4. charm
  5. prayer
  6. incantation
  7. ritual
  8. magic

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative carmen carmina
genitive carminis carminum
dative carminī carminibus
accusative carmen carmina
ablative carmine carminibus
vocative carmen carmina

Descendants[edit]