nihil sub sole novum

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Vulgate translation at Ecclesiastes 1:10 (1:9 in most other versions), from the Hebrew אֵין כָּל חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ(there is nothing new under the sun): nihil (nothing) + sub (under, beneath) + sōle (ablative singular form of sōl: “[the] sun”) + novum (neuter nominative singular form of novus: “new”) = “nothing new under the sun”.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈni.hil sub ˈsoː.le ˈno.u̯um/, [ˈni(ɦ)ɪɫ̪ s̠ʊb ˈs̠oːɫ̪ɛ ˈnou̯ʊ̃ˑ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈ sub ˈso.le ˈno.vum/, [ˈniːil sub ˈsɔːle ˈnɔːvum]


nihil sub sōle novum

  1. there is nothing new under the sun”; there is nothing truly novel in existence.