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From Old Latin dōnique, dōnicum, from Proto-Indo-European *de (see there for more). Compare dum from same source.




  1. while, as long as, until, denotes the relation of two actions at the same time
    Donec, infecta pace, armis desilirent.
    While, with peace broken off, they dismounted with arms.
    Et non cognoscebat eam, donec peperit filium, et vocavit nomen eius Iesum.
    And he did not have relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.
    Dōnec venit Sōl per auram.
    Until the Sun has come through the air.


  • donec”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • donec”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • donec in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • donec in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • donec in Ramminger, Johann (2016 July 16 (last accessed)) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • Palmer, L.R. (1906) The Latin Language, London, Faber and Faber, p. 282