laetus

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Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈlae̯.tus/, [ˈɫ̪äe̯t̪ʊs̠]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈle.tus/, [ˈlɛːt̪us]
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

laetus (feminine laeta, neuter laetum, comparative laetior, superlative laetissimus, adverb laetē); first/second-declension adjective

  1. happy, cheerful, glad
    Laetus sum.I (a man) am happy.
    Laeta sum.I (a woman) am happy.
    Synonym: felix
  2. fertile, luxuriant, lush, rich
    • 234 BCE – 149 BCE, Cato the Elder, De Agri Cultura 6:
      Ubi ager crassus et laetus est sine arboribus, eum agrum frumentarium esse oportet.
      Grain should be sown in heavy, rich, treeless soil.

Declension[edit]

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative laetus laeta laetum laetī laetae laeta
Genitive laetī laetae laetī laetōrum laetārum laetōrum
Dative laetō laetō laetīs
Accusative laetum laetam laetum laetōs laetās laeta
Ablative laetō laetā laetō laetīs
Vocative laete laeta laetum laetī laetae laeta

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Old French: lié
  • Galician: ledo
  • Italian: lieto
  • Mozarabic: ليطه
  • Portuguese: ledo
  • Spanish: ledo

References[edit]

  • Ernout, Alfred; Meillet, Antoine (2001) , “laetus”, in Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine: histoire des mots (in French), with additions and corrections of André J., 4th edition, Paris: Klincksieck, pages 337b–338a
  • laetus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • laetus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • laetus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • laetus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the laughing cornfields: laetae segetes
  • laetus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray