Cornelius

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Cornelius.

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Cornelius

  1. A male given name.
    • There was a certain man in Cesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
    • 2014 Joyce Carol Oates, Carthage, Fourth Estate, →ISBN, page 213:
      The intern will not call me 'Cornelius―(in fact, that dowdy old name isn't my actual name nor, at the present time, my nom de guerre)―but 'Dr. Hinton*―or 'sir'―will do.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Name of early Christian saints with a medieval cult in the Low Countries. The name has remained rather rare in English.
  • Cornelius has been used as an anglicization of Conchobhar in Ireland.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly related to cornu (horn).

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Cornēlius m (genitive Cornēliī); second declension

  1. An old Roman gens name.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative Cornēlius Cornēliī
genitive Cornēliī
Cornēlī1
Cornēliōrum
dative Cornēliō Cornēliīs
accusative Cornēlium Cornēliōs
ablative Cornēliō Cornēliīs
vocative Cornēlī Cornēliī

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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