domus

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *dṓm, from root *demh₂- (to build). Cognates include Ancient Greek δόμος (dómos), Albanian dhomë (a chamber, a room), Sanskrit दम (dáma) and Proto-Slavic *domъ. The same Proto-Indo-European root also gave Old English timber (building, act of building) (English timber).

Noun[edit]

domus f (variously declined, genitive domūs or domī); fourth or second declension

  1. a house, a home syn.
  2. (poetic) any building or abode
  3. one's native place, one's country or home (confer patria)
  4. a household, a family, a race

Declension[edit]

Fourth declension with locative, some alternative forms from the second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative domus domūs
genitive domūs
domī
domuum
domōrum
dative domuī
domō
domibus
accusative domum domūs
domōs
ablative domū
domō
domibus
vocative domus domūs
locative domī domīs

Derived terms[edit]

  • domus equestris
  • domi (adverbial form; at home, in the house)
  • domi habeo aliquid (colloquial; I have something at home, I have something in abundance, I am provided with something)
  • domum (adverbial form; home, homewards, to the house)
  • domo (adverbial form; from home, out of the house; also rarely used in the same sense as domi; at home, in the house)
  • extra domum (placed outside of the house; refers to a possible result of Catholic ecclesiastical legal proceedings when the culprit is removed from being part of a group like a monastery)
  • pro domo (for one’s own home or house; serving the interests of a given perspective or for the benefit of a given group)

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Domus is one of three common nouns that take the locative case, the other two being rus and humus. It is irregular in that it has a mix of second and fourth declension forms, the second declension forms being more commonly used in place constructions.

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Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

domus

  1. predicative plural of dom