lustrum

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin lustrum (period of five years).

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Noun[edit]

lustrum (plural lustra)

  1. (Roman religion) A lustration or ceremonial purification of all the ancient Roman people, performed every five years, after the taking of the census.
  2. A period of five years.
    • 1835, Edgar Allan Poe, Morella, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Folio Society 2007, p. 31:
      Thus passed away two lustra of her life, and, as yet, my daughter remained nameless upon the earth.
    • 1985, John Fowles, A Maggot:
      Q. Now, sir, if you would be so kind as to guess upon his age. A. Forty five years are certain. I would guess a lustrum more.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alternation from earlier dustrum (rare), from Ancient Greek δύστρον (dústron) from δύω (to plunge).

Noun[edit]

lustrum n (genitive lustrī); second declension

  1. bog, morass, place where boars and swine wallow
  2. (usually plural) den of wild beasts; wood, forest
  3. (usually plural) (a place of) debauchery
Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative lustrum lustra
genitive lustrī lustrōrum
dative lustrō lustrīs
accusative lustrum lustra
ablative lustrō lustrīs
vocative lustrum lustra
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Old Latin *loustrom, cognate to Latin luō (I wash).[1]

Noun[edit]

lustrum n (genitive lustrī); second declension

  1. a purificatory sacrifice or lustration performed every five years by the censor
  2. a period of five years
Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative lustrum lustra
genitive lustrī lustrōrum
dative lustrō lustrīs
accusative lustrum lustra
ablative lustrō lustrīs
vocative lustrum lustra

References[edit]

  • lustrum in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  1. ^ “lustro 3” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, ISBN 978-88-00-20781-2