libellus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Diminutive from liber (book) +‎ -lus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

libellus m (genitive libellī); second declension

  1. a little book, pamphlet
    • Martial, Epigrams 7.3
      Cūr nōn mitto meōs tibi, Pontiliāne, libellōs?
      nē mihi tū mittās, Pontiliāne, tuōs.
      Why do I not send my little books [of poetry] to you, Pontilianus?
      So that you, Pontilianus, don't send yours to me.
  2. a billet, leaflet
  3. a petition
    • Dictum est autem: Quicumque dimiserit uxorem suam, det ei libellum repudii.
      And it has been said: 'Whoever would dismiss his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce'. Vulgate, Mt 5, 31

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative libellus libellī
genitive libellī libellōrum
dative libellō libellīs
accusative libellum libellōs
ablative libellō libellīs
vocative libelle libellī

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References[edit]

  • libellus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • libellus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “libellus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • libellus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • libellus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • libellus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin