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From pater (father) +‎ -rnus.



paternus (feminine paterna, neuter paternum); first/second declension

  1. Of or pertaining to a father, paternal, fatherly.
  2. Related through the father, or his side of the family, paternal.
  3. Of or pertaining to one's forefathers, ancestral.
  4. Of or connected with one's origin or birthplace, native.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative paternus paterna paternum paternī paternae paterna
genitive paternī paternae paternī paternōrum paternārum paternōrum
dative paternō paternō paternīs
accusative paternum paternam paternum paternōs paternās paterna
ablative paternō paternā paternō paternīs
vocative paterne paterna paternum paternī paternae paterna


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  • paternus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • paternus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • paternus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • disinherited: exheres paternorum bonorum (De Or. 1. 38. 175)
  • paternus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • paternus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray