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Etymology 1[edit]

From candidus (white, shining, clear) +‎ -ātus


candidātus (feminine candidāta, neuter candidātum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. Dressed in white.

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative candidātus candidāta candidātum candidātī candidātae candidāta
Genitive candidātī candidātae candidātī candidātōrum candidātārum candidātōrum
Dative candidātō candidātō candidātīs
Accusative candidātum candidātam candidātum candidātōs candidātās candidāta
Ablative candidātō candidātā candidātō candidātīs
Vocative candidāte candidāta candidātum candidātī candidātae candidāta

Etymology 2[edit]

From the adjective candidātus, since candidates for office wore a white toga.


candidātus m (genitive candidātī); second declension

  1. a candidate for the praetorship
  2. claimant, aspirant, one striving as a candidate

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative candidātus candidātī
Genitive candidātī candidātōrum
Dative candidātō candidātīs
Accusative candidātum candidātōs
Ablative candidātō candidātīs
Vocative candidāte candidātī


candidātus m (genitive candidātūs); fourth declension

  1. candidacy

Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative candidātus candidātūs
Genitive candidātūs candidātuum
Dative candidātuī candidātibus
Accusative candidātum candidātūs
Ablative candidātū candidātibus
Vocative candidātus candidātūs


  • candidatus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • candidatus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • candidatus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • candidatus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • candidatus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • candidatus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin