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Etymology 1[edit]

Perfect passive participle of legō (pick out, select).



lēctus (feminine lēcta, neuter lēctum, comparative lēctior, superlative lēctissimus); first/second-declension participle

  1. chosen, picked, having been selected
  2. choice, excellent
  3. read, having been read (silently)
  4. recited, having been recited, having been read out loud

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative lēctus lēcta lēctum lēctī lēctae lēcta
Genitive lēctī lēctae lēctī lēctōrum lēctārum lēctōrum
Dative lēctō lēctō lēctīs
Accusative lēctum lēctam lēctum lēctōs lēctās lēcta
Ablative lēctō lēctā lēctō lēctīs
Vocative lēcte lēcta lēctum lēctī lēctae lēcta
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Related terms[edit]
  • Catalan: llegit
  • Friulian: let
  • Istriot: lito
  • Italian: letto
  • Romansch: legì, legiu
  • Sicilian: lettu
  • Spanish: lecho

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *legʰ- (to lie). Related to Ancient Greek λέχος (lékhos).



lectus m (genitive lectī); second declension

  1. bed
    Puerī sub lectō sunt.
    The boys are under the bed.
  2. couch, sofa

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lectus lectī
Genitive lectī lectōrum
Dative lectō lectīs
Accusative lectum lectōs
Ablative lectō lectīs
Vocative lecte lectī
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See also[edit]


  • lectus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lectus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lectus 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)
  • lectus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be confined to one's bed: lecto teneri
    • to rise from one's bed, get up: e lecto or e cubīli surgere
  • lectus in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[2]
  • lectus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lectus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin