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See also: Mons, Mons., and möns



Borrowed from Latin mōns (mountain). Doublet of mount.



mons (plural montes)

  1. (obsolete, palmistry) One of the fleshy areas at the base of the fingers; a mount.
  2. The pubic mound or mons pubis. In human anatomy or in mammals in general, the mons pubis (Latin for "pubic mound"), also known as the mons veneris (Latin, mound of Venus) or simply the mons, is the adipose tissue lying above the pubic bone of adult females, anterior to the pubic symphysis. The mons pubis forms the anterior portion of the vulva.
  3. (astronomy, geology) A mountain or extinct volcano on a planet or a moon.
    Olympus Mons (Mars)
    Maxwell Montes (Venus).




Alternative forms[edit]



  1. (dialectal) masculine plural of mon


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From Proto-Indo-European *men- (to stand out, to tower). Compare Old Breton monid, Breton menez, Cornish meneth, Welsh mynydd.



mōns m (genitive montis); third declension

  1. mountain, mount
    • 397 CE – 400 CE, Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, Cōnfessiōnēs 10.8:
      et eunt hominēs mīrārī alta montium et ingentēs flūctūs maris et lātissimōs lāpsūs flūminum et ōceanī ambitum et gȳrōs sīderum, et relinquunt sē ipsōs, …
      And men go to marvel at the heights of mountains and the huge waves of the sea and the widest courses of rivers and the flow of the ocean and the circuits of the stars, and they forsake themselves …
  2. (metonymically) towering mass, heap, great quantity
  3. (metonymically) mountain rock, rock (in general) (poetically)
  4. (metonymically) mountain beasts, wild beasts (Late Latin, poetically)
  5. (metonymically) (of that which is obtained from the mountains) marble, marble column


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mōns montēs
Genitive montis montium
Dative montī montibus
Accusative montem montēs
Ablative monte montibus
Vocative mōns montēs

Derived terms[edit]




  • mons in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • mons in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • mons in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • wooded hills: montes vestiti silvis
    • the top of a mountain: summus mons
    • at the foot of the mountain: sub radicibus montis, in infimo monte, sub monte
    • to be shut in on all sides by very high mountains: altissimis montibus undique contineri
    • the town lies at the foot of a mountain: oppidum monti subiectum est
    • to run obliquely down the hill: obliquo monte decurrere
    • the Nile rushes down from very high mountains: Nilus praecipitat ex altissimis montibus
    • to hold a mountain: tenere montem (B. G. 1. 22)
    • to take up one's position on a mountain: consistere in monte
    • to occupy the foot of a hill: considere sub monte (sub montis radicibus)




  1. definite genitive singular of mo