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Unknown. It could easily be an element of non-Indo-European substrate vocabulary via employment of foreign workers, though per de Vaan it could have been borrowed through Germanic (compare *pakkô) or Celtic.



baiulus m (genitive baiulī); second declension

  1. a carrier: a porter
  2. one who carries an activity out or on, particularly:
    1. a manager: a steward or (Medieval) bailiff
    2. an administrator


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative baiulus baiulī
Genitive baiulī baiulōrum
Dative baiulō baiulīs
Accusative baiulum baiulōs
Ablative baiulō baiulīs
Vocative baiule baiulī

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  • Ernout, Alfred; Meillet, Antoine, “baiulus”, in Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine: histoire des mots (in French), with additions and corrections of André J., 4th edition, Paris: Klincksieck, 2001, page 64
  • baiulus in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • baiulus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898
  • De Vaan, Michiel, Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008, →ISBN