nuntius

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *neu- (to announce), same source as Ancient Greek νεύω (neúō, to beckon, nod) and Old Irish noid (make known)[1], though this is rejected by De Vaan.[2]

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Noun[edit]

nūntius m (genitive nūntiī); second declension

  1. A messenger, reporter, courier, bearer of news or tidings
  2. An envoy, message, report.
  3. A command, order, injunction.
  4. (in the plural) News, tidings, information.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension, nominative singular in -ius.

Number Singular Plural
nominative nūntius nūntiī
genitive nūntiī1,
nūntī
nūntiōrum
dative nūntiō nūntiīs
accusative nūntium nūntiōs
ablative nūntiō nūntiīs
vocative nūntī nūntiī

1In later Latin.

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References[edit]

  • nuntius in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  1. ^ Tucker, T.G., Etymological Dictionary of Latin, Ares Publishers
  2. ^ Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers