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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Italic *e/olloike (locative), from ille +‎ -ce and thus a parallel formation to illōc (thither, to there), the latter from the instrumental. Compare hūc and hōc. See also illinc.



illūc (not comparable)

  1. thither, to that place, to there
Coordinate terms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
  • Leonese: allú

Etymology 2[edit]

From earlier illoc(ce), for illud +‎ -ce, with vowel change extended either from the base form in which the reduction is regular, or from proclisis.

Alternative forms[edit]


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ilˈluk/, [ɪlˈlʲʊk]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ilˈluk/, [ilˈluk]
  • Note: as with hoc, the final /k/ of this word is doubled if a vowel follows, e.g. illuc est /ilˈluk.kest/.[1]



  1. nominative/accusative neuter singular of illic
    • c. 190 BCE – 185 BCE, Plautus, Amphitryon 270:
      Sed quid illuc est? Caelum aspectat. Observabo quam rem agat.
      But what is that? He's gazing at the sky. I'm going to watch what he does.


  1. ^ “Maurus Servius Honoratus, In Vergilii Georgicon Libros 10.668.1”, in[1], la, retrieved 2021-03-07

Further reading[edit]

  • illuc”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • illuc”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • illuc in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • hither and thither: huc (et) illuc

Old French[edit]



  1. Alternative form of iluec