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From Latin ambītus ‎(circuit, ostentation).


ambitus ‎(plural ambituses)

  1. (music) the range of a melody, especially those of ecclesiastical chants
  2. (botany, zoology) The exterior edge or border of a thing, such as a leaf or shell.
  3. (historical, Roman antiquity) A canvassing for votes.



From ambiō ‎(I go around, I encircle, I solicit).


ambītus m ‎(genitive ambītūs); fourth declension

  1. circuit
  2. orbit, cycle
  3. periphrasis, circumlocution
  4. show, ostentation, vanity
  5. bribery


Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative ambītus ambītūs
genitive ambītūs ambītuum
dative ambītuī ambītibus
accusative ambītum ambītūs
ablative ambītū ambītibus
vocative ambītus ambītūs



  • ambitus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ambitus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • AMBITUS in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • ambitus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the period: ambitus, circuitus, comprehensio, continuatio (verborum, orationis), also simply periodus
    • to accuse some one of illegal canvassing: accusare aliquem ambitus, de ambitu
  • ambitus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ambitus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin