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Borrowed from Latin dominus (master). Doublet of dom and don.


dominus (plural domini)

  1. master; sir; a title of respect formerly applied to a knight or clergyman, and sometimes to the lord of a manor
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dominus in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)






  1. conditional of domini




  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈdo.mi.nus/, [ˈd̪ɔ.mɪ.nʊs]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈdo.mi.nus/, [ˈd̪ɔː.mi.nus]
  • (file)


dominus m (genitive dominī); second declension

  1. a master, possessor, ruler, lord, proprietor
  2. an owner of a residence; the master of its servants and slaves
  3. the master of a feast, the entertainer, host
  4. the master of a play or of public games, the employer of players or gladiators
  5. sir (greeting)


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative dominus dominī
Genitive dominī dominōrum
Dative dominō dominīs
Accusative dominum dominōs
Ablative dominō dominīs
Vocative domine dominī


Derived terms[edit]



  • dominus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • dominus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dominus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • dŏmĭnus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, page 555
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the manager: dominus gregis
    • to examine slaves by torture: de servis quaerere (in dominum)
  • dominus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dominus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • dominus” on page 571 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)
  • Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976), “dominus”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, Leiden, Boston: Brill, pages 353–4