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donum (plural donums)

  1. Alternative form of dunam

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From Proto-Italic *dōnom, from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃nom, from *deh₃-. Cognate to Sanskrit दान (dā́nam).



dōnum n (genitive dōnī); second declension

  1. gift, present
    Synonyms: datum, pretium, praemium, datiō
    • from the Aeneid (II, 49) by Virgil
      Equo ne credite, Teucri! Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.
      Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Danaans even if they are bearing gifts.
    • 43 BCEc. 17 CE, Ovid, Fasti 5.377-378:
      flōreat ut tōtō carmen Nāsōnis in aevō,
      sparge, precor, dōnīs pectora nostra tuīs.
      So that the song of Naso may flourish in every age,
      sprinkle, I pray, our hearts with your gifts!

      (Just as Flora (mythology) blooms eternal, Ovid asks the goddess to ensure that his poetry delights his readers – “our hearts” – forever.)
  2. offering, sacrifice
    Synonym: oblātiō


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative dōnum dōna
Genitive dōnī dōnōrum
Dative dōnō dōnīs
Accusative dōnum dōna
Ablative dōnō dōnīs
Vocative dōnum dōna

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  • Italian: dono
  • Occitano-Romance
  • Old French: don, dun
    • French: don
    • Middle English: done
  • West Iberian


  • donum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • donum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • donum 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)
  • donum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • prerogative, privilege: ius praecipuum, beneficium, donum, also immunitas c. Gen.