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From Proto-Italic *nepōts, from Proto-Indo-European *népōts.



nepōs m or f (genitive nepōtis); third declension

  1. a grandson
    • 29 BCE – 19 BCE, Virgil, Aeneid 4.162-164:
      Et Tyriī comitēs passim et Troiāna iuventūs
      Dardaniusque nepōs Veneris dīversa per agrōs
      tēcta metū petiēre [...].
      And the Tyrian attendants [rush] here and there, and the youth of Troy – and Venus’s Dardan grandson – [they all] in fear seek separate shelters across the fields.
      (Venus’s grandson is Ascanius.)
  2. a granddaughter
  3. a nephew
  4. a niece
  5. a descendant
  6. (figuratively) a spendthrift, prodigal


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative nepōs nepōtēs
Genitive nepōtis nepōtum
Dative nepōtī nepōtibus
Accusative nepōtem nepōtēs
Ablative nepōte nepōtibus
Vocative nepōs nepōtēs



Derived terms[edit]



  • 1. nĕpos”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nepos”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nepos in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • 1 nĕpōs in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette, pages 1,024–1,025.
  • nepos”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898), Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nepos in Ramminger, Johann (2016 July 16 (last accessed)) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • nepos”, in William Smith, editor (1848), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray