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Alternative forms[edit]

  • domnicus ('vulgar' syncopic form found in inscriptions)


dominus (lord”, “master) +‎ -icus (of”, “pertaining to”, “belonging to”, “connected with)



dominicus (feminine dominica, neuter dominicum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. (rare, does not occur in Cicero’s works) of or belonging to a lord or master
    • Vitruvius, De architectura 7.5:
      Quod enim antiqui insumentes laborem ad industriam probare contendebant, artibus, id nunc coloribus et eorum alleganti specie consecuntur, et quam subtilitas artificis adiciebat operibus auctoritatem, nunc dominicus sumptus efficit, ne desideretur.
      The fact is that the artistic excellence which the ancients endeavoured to attain by working hard and taking pains, is now attempted by the use of colours and the brave show which they make, and expenditure by the employer prevents people from missing the artistic refinements that once lent authority to works. ― translation by: Morris Hicky Morgan, 1914
    • AD 64, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium XLVII, § 8:
      Adice obsonatores, quibus dominici palati notitia subtilis est, qui sciunt, cuius illum rei sapor excitet, cuius delectet aspectus, cuius novitate nauseabundus erigi possit, quid iam ipsa satietate fastidiat, quid illo die esuriat.
      Think also of the poor purveyors of food, who note their masters' tastes with delicate skill, who know what special flavours will sharpen their appetite, what will please their eyes, what new combinations will rouse their cloyed stomachs, what food will excite their loathing through sheer satiety, and what will stir them to hunger on that particular day. ― translation by: Richard Mott Gummere, (1917-1925) via Wikisource
  1. (transferred senses):
    1. (since the formation of the Empire) imperial
      Synonym: imperiālis
    2. (Ecclesiastical Latin) the Lord’s, God’s


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative dominicus dominica dominicum dominicī dominicae dominica
Genitive dominicī dominicae dominicī dominicōrum dominicārum dominicōrum
Dative dominicō dominicō dominicīs
Accusative dominicum dominicam dominicum dominicōs dominicās dominica
Ablative dominicō dominicā dominicō dominicīs
Vocative dominice dominica dominicum dominicī dominicae dominica

Derived terms[edit]


  • Old French: domeine, demeine
  • Old Occitan: domenge
  • Portuguese: Domingos
  • Spanish: Domingo