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Probably from Proto-Indo-European *ley- (to flow). Perhaps the same source as the name of Lithuania.



lītus n (genitive lītoris); third declension

  1. strand, shore, beach


Third-declension noun (neuter, imparisyllabic non-i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lītus lītora
Genitive lītoris lītorum
Dative lītorī lītoribus
Accusative lītus lītora
Ablative lītore lītoribus
Vocative lītus lītora

Usage notes[edit]

N.B. The difference between ora and litus is that ora denotes a coast simply as a border, whereas litus refers exclusively to the sea-coast.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Italian: lido

See also[edit]


  • litus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • litus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • litus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • litus 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 stranded: in litus eici (B. G. 5. 10)
    • to land (of people): appellere navem (ad terram, litus)
    • to keep the coast and harbours in a state of blockade: litora ac portus custodia clausos tenere