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From puellus (a little boy), contracted from puerulus (a little boy, a little slave) the diminutive of puer (boy).



puella f (genitive puellae); first declension

  1. a girl, a lass, a maiden; a female child
    Parvola puella.
    A young girl.
    Pueri atque puellae.
    Boys and girls.
    Pueri innuptaeque puellae.
    Boys and unmarried maidens.
  2. (poetic) a sweetheart, a mistress, a beloved maiden
    Cara mea puella.
    My beloved girl.[1]
  3. (in jest) a kitten
  4. a young woman, a young wife
  5. (rare) a female slave


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative puella puellae
genitive puellae puellārum
dative puellae puellīs
accusative puellam puellās
ablative puellā puellīs
vocative puella puellae



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  • puella in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • puella in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “puella”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • puella” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
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