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From Ancient Greek Μελίτη (Melítē). In reference to Mdina, apparently from its role as the seat of government over the island.

Proper noun[edit]

Melita f sg (genitive Melitae); first declension

  1. Mdina (a city on the island of Malta, Malta)
  2. Malta (The largest island in the Maltese Archipelago)
  3. (New Latin) Malta (an island country in Southern Europe)
  4. Mljet (an island in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia)


First-declension noun, with locative, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative Melita
Genitive Melitae
Dative Melitae
Accusative Melitam
Ablative Melitā
Vocative Melita
Locative Melitae

Derived terms[edit]


  • Arabic: مَالِطَا (māliṭā)
    • Maltese: Malta (see there for further descendants)
    • Ottoman Turkish: مالطه (malta)
    • South Levantine Arabic: مالطا (mālṭa)
  • English: Melita
  • Proto-Slavic: *Mьlětъ
  • Venetian: Meleda


  • Melita”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Melita in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.