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Etymology 1[edit]

From the name Māia, daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury.


māius m (feminine māia, neuter māium); first/second declension

  1. of May
Usage notes[edit]
  • In Latin, the month names are used as adjectives. In the Classical period, this adjective modifies a noun identifying a particular day, from which the date was reckoned. In Medieval Latin and later periods, the adjective modifies a numeral for the day of the month.

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative māius māia māium māiī māiae māia
genitive māiī māiae māiī māiōrum māiārum māiōrum
dative māiō māiae māiō māiīs māiīs māiīs
accusative māium māiam māium māiōs māiās māia
ablative māiō māiā māiō māiīs māiīs māiīs
vocative māie māia māium māiī māiae māia
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Etymology 2[edit]

See māior (greater”, “larger), the comparative degree of magnus.



  1. nominative neuter singular of māior
  2. accusative neuter singular of māior
  3. vocative neuter singular of māior