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From Proto-Italic *louðertos, *louðertā (whence also Faliscan loifirta), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lewdʰ-er-tos, *h₁lewdʰ-er-teh₂, from *h₁lewdʰeros (see līber), from *h₁lewdʰ- (to grow; people). Equivalent to līber (free) +‎ -tus (adjective-forming suffix).



lībertus m (genitive lībertī); second declension

  1. A freedman, an emancipated person.


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lībertus lībertī
Genitive lībertī lībertōrum
Dative lībertō lībertīs
Accusative lībertum lībertōs
Ablative lībertō lībertīs
Vocative līberte lībertī

Related terms[edit]


  • libertus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • libertus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • libertus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • libertus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • libertus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin