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re- + Proto-Indo-European *ken- (new, fresh), with a semantic development to "rise freshly, come up, begin", also seen in cognates such as Old Irish cinim (to rise) and Old Church Slavonic начѧти (na-čęti, to begin), въчѧти (vŭ-čęti, to begin).

Classical cognates include Ancient Greek καινός (kainós, new) and Sanskrit कनीन (kanī́na, young, youthful).



recēns (genitive recentis); third declension

  1. new, recent
  2. fresh
  3. young
  4. vigorous


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative recēns recentēs recentia
genitive recentis recentium
dative recentī recentibus
accusative recentem recēns recentēs recentia
ablative recentī recentibus
vocative recēns recentēs recentia


recēns (not comparable)

  1. lately, recently



  • recens in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • recens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • recens” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to have a vivid recollection of a thing: recenti memoria tenere aliquid
    • fresh troops relieve the tired men: integri et recentes defatigatis succedunt
  • recens in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016