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1656. From Latin discus, from Ancient Greek δίσκος (dískos, disk, quoit, platter).



discus (plural discuses)

  1. A round plate-like object that is thrown for sport.
    • 2004, Frank Fitzpatrick, "The amazing story of the first discus medal winner", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 18,
      He [Robert Garrett] won even though he hadn't ever touched a real discus until just before the event was held.
    • 2008, John Branch, "Estonia's Kanter Celebrates Gold Medal in the Discus His Way", The New York Times, August 23,
      [Gerd] Kanter had agreed to demonstrate his throwing skill on Friday, but rather than bringing his own discuses—he usually travels with about five of them, []
  2. (uncountable) The athletics sport of discus throwing.
  3. (plural: discus) A discus fish (genus Symphysodon)
    • 2008, Carol Roberts, "History of Discus", North American Discus Association,
      The main body of the Amazon River is too fast, too deep, and too silt laden for discus.
  4. (rare, dated) A chakram.
    • 1893, Krishna-Swaipayana Vyasa, translated by K. M. Ganguli, The Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Section XIX,
      And Narayana instantly cut off with his discus the well-adorned head of the Danava who was drinking the Amrita without permission.
    • 1899, Thomas William Rhys Davids (transl.), Digha Nikaya, "Sàmañña-Phàla Sutta",
      If with a discus with an edge sharp as a razor he should make all the living creatures on the earth one heap, one mass, of flesh, []

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although an alternative Latinate plural disci is often cited, it is hardly ever used in practice.


Derived terms[edit]






discus m (plural discussen, diminutive discusje n)

  1. discus



Borrowed from Ancient Greek δίσκος (dískos).



discus m (genitive discī); second declension

  1. a discus, quoit
  2. a dish shaped like a discus
  3. disc of a sundial


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative discus discī
genitive discī discōrum
dative discō discīs
accusative discum discōs
ablative discō discīs
vocative disce discī



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