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  1. plural of carman



From Old Latin casmen ‎(song), believed to be for earlier *cansmen, abstract noun formed from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂n- ‎(to sing). Confer canō ‎(I sing, chant).

Alternative etymology connects casmen, *cansmen to Proto-Indo-European *ḱens- ‎(to speak in a florid, solemn style, attest, witness), relating it to Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌶𐌾𐌰𐌽 ‎(hazjan, to praise), Old English herian ‎(to praise, extol, commend). See herry.



carmen n ‎(genitive carminis); third declension

  1. song
  2. poem
  3. play
  4. charm
  5. prayer
  6. incantation
  7. ritual
  8. magic
  9. card for flax or wool


Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative carmen carmina
genitive carminis carminum
dative carminī carminibus
accusative carmen carmina
ablative carmine carminibus
vocative carmen carmina

Derived terms[edit]



  • carmen in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • carmen in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • CARMEN in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • carmen” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • epic poetry: carmen epicum
    • to recite a poem, line with appropriate action: carmen, versum agere
    • to read a piece of verse with expression: carmen recitare
    • to recite a piece of verse (without gestures): carmen pronuntiare
    • a rough poem; an extempore effusion: carmen inconditum
    • a choric ode in a tragedy: carmen chori, canticum
    • to read prayers for the congregation to repeat: praeire verba (carmen) (Liv. 31. 17)
    • (ambiguous) to write poetry with facility: carmina , versus fundere (De Or. 3. 50)
  • carmen in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • carmen in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016


A carmen in Granada


carmen m ‎(plural cármenes)

  1. A type of house in Granada