dies Dominicus

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From diēs m or f (day) +‎ dominicus (of the Lord).

Found from about AD 200 onwards as a Christian replacement for the pagan diēs Sōlis (literally day of the sun-god Sol).



diēs Dominicus m (genitive diēī Dominicī); fifth declension (Late Latin)

  1. Sunday
    • late 4th c. CE, Egeria, Peregrinatio ad loca sancta 2.25:
      Cum luce autem, quia dominica dies est, et proceditur in ecclesia maiore, quam fecit Constantinus, quae ecclesia in Golgotha est post Crucem, et fiunt omnia secundum consuetudinem, qua et ubique fit die dominica.
      At dawn, however, as it is Sunday, the people go to the greater church built by Constantine, located in Golgotha behind the Cross. They carry out everything that is usual everywhere on Sunday.


Fifth-declension noun with a second-declension adjective.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative diēs Dominicus diēs Dominicī
Genitive diēī Dominicī diērum Dominicōrum
Dative diēī Dominicō diēbus Dominicīs
Accusative diem Dominicum diēs Dominicōs
Ablative diē Dominicō diēbus Dominicīs
Vocative diēs Dominice diēs Dominicī

Coordinate terms[edit]


Reflexes of a shortened *dominicus:

Reflexes of a shortened *dominica (from the variant diēs Dominica):