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  1. plural of mundu


Etymology 1[edit]

Two possibilities include:

  1. From Etruscan 𐌌𐌖𐌈 (muθ, pit, mundus).
  2. From Proto-Indo-European *mh₂nd- (to adorn) and cognate with Old High German mandag (joyful, happy, dashing). Possibly also conflated in the sense of "clean, neat" with Proto-Indo-European *muh₂-, *meuh₂- (to wash, wet).



mundus m (feminine munda, neuter mundum); first/second declension

  1. clean, pure; neat
  2. nice, fine, elegant, sophisticated
  3. decorated, adorned

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative mundus munda mundum mundī mundae munda
genitive mundī mundae mundī mundōrum mundārum mundōrum
dative mundō mundō mundīs
accusative mundum mundam mundum mundōs mundās munda
ablative mundō mundā mundō mundīs
vocative munde munda mundum mundī mundae munda
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From mundus (see above).


mundus m (genitive mundī); second declension

  1. toilet ornaments, decorations, dress (of a woman)
  2. implement
  3. (= κόσμος (kósmos)) the universe, the world, esp. the heavens and the heavenly bodies
  4. the inhabitants of the earth, mankind
  5. (eccl. Lat.) the world as opposed to the church; this world, the realm of sin and death, as opposed to Christ's kingdom of holiness and life

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative mundus mundī
genitive mundī mundōrum
dative mundō mundīs
accusative mundum mundōs
ablative mundō mundīs
vocative munde mundī
Derived terms[edit]


  • mundus1 in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • mundus2 in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • mundus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “mundus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • 1 mundus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • 2 mundus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the universe: rerum or mundi universitas
    • the perfect harmony of the universe: totius mundi convenientia et consensus
    • God made the world: deus mundum aedificavit, fabricatus est, effecit (not creavit)
    • God is the Creator of the world: deus est mundi procreator (not creator), aedificator, fabricator, opifex rerum
    • a citizen of the world; cosmopolitan: mundanus, mundi civis et incola (Tusc. 5. 37)
  • mundus in Samuel Ball Platner (1929), Thomas Ashby, editor, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London: Oxford University Press