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From Proto-Indo-European *ḱe- (here) + contrastive *-(e)teros. Compare with citer. See also cis, hic.



cēterus (feminine cētera, neuter cēterum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. the other, remainder, rest
    ad cetera egregiusoutstanding from every aspect
  2. besides, also


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative cēterus cētera cēterum cēterī cēterae cētera
Genitive cēterī cēterae cēterī cēterōrum cēterārum cēterōrum
Dative cēterō cēterō cēterīs
Accusative cēterum cēteram cēterum cēterōs cēterās cētera
Ablative cēterō cēterā cēterō cēterīs
Vocative cētere cētera cēterum cēterī cēterae cētera

The form *cēterus is hypothetical; this word is unattested in the masculine nominative singular in Classical Latin. The masculine nominative singular form cēter would be equally consistent with the attested forms.

Derived terms[edit]


  • ceterus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ceterus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ceterus in Enrico Olivetti, editor (2003-2023) Dizionario Latino, Olivetti Media Communication
  • ceterus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) as regards the rest; otherwise: ceteris rebus (not cetera)
    • (ambiguous) to isolate a witness: aliquem a ceteris separare et in arcam conicere ne quis cum eo colloqui possit (Mil. 22. 60)
  • Julius Pokorny (1959), Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, in 3 vols, Bern, München: Francke Verlag