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A plurale tantum, from Old Latin moene, from Proto-Indo-European *móyni, from *mey- (to strengthen). Cognate with mūrus (wall).



moenia n pl (genitive moenium); third declension

  1. city walls, fortifications, walls, ramparts


Third-declension noun (neuter, “pure” i-stem), plural only.

Case Plural
Nominative moenia
Genitive moenium
Dative moenibus
Accusative moenia
Ablative moenibus
Vocative moenia

Derived terms[edit]


  • moenia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • moenia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • moenia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to advance to the walls protected by a covering of shields: testudine facta moenia subire (B. G. 2. 6)
  • moenia in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • moenia in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin