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The origin remains unexplained. Possibly from amo (I love), mino (I drive forth), or loaned from a substrate.



amoenus (feminine amoena, neuter amoenum, comparative amoenior, superlative amoenissimus, adverb amoenē or amoeniter); first/second-declension adjective

  1. charming, pleasant, agreeable
  2. lovely, delightful, beautiful


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative amoenus amoena amoenum amoenī amoenae amoena
Genitive amoenī amoenae amoenī amoenōrum amoenārum amoenōrum
Dative amoenō amoenō amoenīs
Accusative amoenum amoenam amoenum amoenōs amoenās amoena
Ablative amoenō amoenā amoenō amoenīs
Vocative amoene amoena amoenum amoenī amoenae amoena


Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: amè
  • English: amene
  • French: amène
  • Italian: ameno
  • Portuguese: ameno
  • Spanish: ameno

See also[edit]


  • amoenus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • amoenus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • amoenus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • pleasant districts; charming surroundings: loca amoena, amoenitas locorum
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[2], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN