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From com + modus.



commodus (feminine commoda, neuter commodum); first/second declension

  1. commodious, suitable, useful
  2. convenient
  3. opportune, timely
  4. pleasant, friendly

Usage notes[edit]

The adjective became a cognomen of a branch of the gens Ceionia, a member of whom was adopted by Hadrian but died before he could become emperor. His relative was adopted by Antoninus Pius and ruled together with Marcus Aurelius, whose son was also given the name Commodus.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative commodus commoda commodum commodī commodae commoda
genitive commodī commodae commodī commodōrum commodārum commodōrum
dative commodō commodō commodīs
accusative commodum commodam commodum commodōs commodās commoda
ablative commodō commodā commodō commodīs
vocative commode commoda commodum commodī commodae commoda



  • commodus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • commodus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • commodus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to indulge in apt witticisms: facete et commode dicere
    • (ambiguous) a short, pointed witticism: breviter et commode dictum
  • commodus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • commodus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • commodus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray