caelebs

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *kaiwelo- (alone) + *libʰs- (living), related to *leyp-. See also Sanskrit केवल (kevala, alone).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

caelebs (genitive caelibis); third declension

  1. unmarried, single

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative caelebs caelibēs caelibia
genitive caelibis caelibium
dative caelibī caelibibus
accusative caelibem caelebs caelibēs caelibia
ablative caelibī caelibibus
vocative caelebs caelibēs caelibia

Citations[edit]

  • Horatius, epistulae, liber I. In: Horace Satires, Epistles and Ars poetica with an English translation by H. Rushton Fairclough, 1942, p. 258 f.:
    nil ait esse prius, melius nil caelibe vita ;
    si non est, iurat bene solis esse maritis.
    " Nothing," he says, " is finer or better than a single life." If it is not, he swears that only the married are well off.

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