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  1. conditional of ludi




Along with lūdō either from Proto-Indo-European *loydos < *leyd- (to play) or from Etruscan.



lūdus m (genitive lūdī); second declension

  1. school
  2. game, sport, play
  3. (in plural) public spectacle, games, stage plays/productions
  4. fun


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lūdus lūdī
Genitive lūdī lūdōrum
Dative lūdō lūdīs
Accusative lūdum lūdōs
Ablative lūdō lūdīs
Vocative lūde lūdī

Derived terms[edit]


  • ludus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ludus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ludus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • ludus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to give funeral games in honour of a person: ludos funebres alicui dare
    • an elementary school: ludus (discendi or litterarum)
    • the piece; the play: fabula, ludus scaenicus
    • to institute games: ludos apparare
    • to give public games in honour of Jupiter: ludos facere, edere (Iovi)
    • to revive public games: ludos instaurare
    • a school for gladiators: ludus gladiatorius
    • crowded games: celebritas ludorum
    • sumptuous public games: magnificentia ludorum
    • (ambiguous) performances in the circus; theatrical perfomances: ludi circenses, scaenici
    • (ambiguous) sumptuous public games: ludi apparatissimi
    • (ambiguous) the Olympian, Pythian games: ludi Olympia (not ludi Olympici), Pythia
    • (ambiguous) gymnastic contests: ludi gymnici