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Plural of brāca, probably of Transalpine Gaulish origin.


brācae f pl (genitive brācārum); first declension

  1. (plural only) trousers; breeches, britches, pants

Usage notes[edit]

The only instance it is used in the singular is by Ovid, in his Tristia.


First declension.

Case Plural
nominative brācae
genitive brācārum
dative brācīs
accusative brācās
ablative brācīs
vocative brācae



  • bracae in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “bracae”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • bracae in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • bracae in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • bracae in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin