quidam

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quīdam.

Noun[edit]

quidam (plural quidams)

  1. A nobody; a person of no importance. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III.12:
      A quidam gallant determined upon a time to surprise both my house and my selfe.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ki.dam/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

quidam m (plural quidams)

  1. Used to designate persons whose name are unknown or not mentioned.
  2. Person whose identity is not indicated, in a conversation, a writing.
  3. Individual.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From quī +‎ -dam (demonstrative ending).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

quīdam (feminine quaedam, neuter quiddam); relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion

  1. someone, a certain one/thing; something
    Quidam vitiis gloriantur.
    Some people boast with their vices. (Seneca, Epistulae ad Luculium, III,28)

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with quidem.

Declension[edit]

Relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative quīdam quaedam quoddam quīdam quaedam
Genitive cuiusdam quōrundam
quōrumdam
quārundam
quārumdam
quōrundam
quōrumdam
Dative cuidam quibusdam
quīsdam
Accusative quendam quandam quoddam quōsdam quāsdam quaedam
Ablative quōdam quādam
quādam
quōdam quibusdam
quīsdam

Adjective[edit]

quīdam (feminine quaedam, neuter quoddam); relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion

  1. Certain (person or thing), some (person or thing), one [in the sense of "a specific"] (person or thing not previously introduced in the present discourse).

Declension[edit]

Relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative quīdam quaedam quoddam quīdam quaedam
Genitive cuiusdam quōrundam
quōrumdam
quārundam
quārumdam
quōrundam
quōrumdam
Dative cuidam quibusdam
quīsdam
Accusative quendam
quemdam
quamdam
quamdam
quoddam quōsdam quāsdam quaedam
Ablative quōdam quādam
quādam
quōdam quibusdam
quīsdam

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • quidam in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quidam in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quidam in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • quidam in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • I have a few words to say on this: mihi quaedam dicenda sunt de hac re