saeculum

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- (to sow). Or, from *sey- (to bind, knit, tie together, tie to, connect) + *-tlom (instrumental suffix) (whence Latin -culum), in the sense of successive generations being linked together over time.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

saeculum n (genitive saeculī); second declension

  1. race, breed
  2. generation, lifetime
  3. age, time
  4. century
  5. worldliness; the world
  6. accusative singular of saeculum
  7. vocative singular of saeculum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative saeculum saecula
genitive saeculī saeculōrum
dative saeculō saeculīs
accusative saeculum saecula
ablative saeculō saeculīs
vocative saeculum saecula

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References[edit]

  • Calvert Watkins, The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1985, page 61, root sē-
  • Tucker, T.G., Etymological Dictionary of Latin, Ares Publishers, 1976 (reprint of 1931 edition).