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stilus (plural stili)

  1. Alternative spelling of stylus.




From Latin stilus.



  1. stylus (sharp stick used in ancient times for writing in clay tablets)


Inflection of stilus (Kotus type 39/vastaus, no gradation)
nominative stilus stilukset
genitive stiluksen stilusten
partitive stilusta stiluksia
illative stilukseen stiluksiin
singular plural
nominative stilus stilukset
accusative nom. stilus stilukset
gen. stiluksen
genitive stiluksen stilusten
partitive stilusta stiluksia
inessive stiluksessa stiluksissa
elative stiluksesta stiluksista
illative stilukseen stiluksiin
adessive stiluksella stiluksilla
ablative stilukselta stiluksilta
allative stilukselle stiluksille
essive stiluksena stiluksina
translative stilukseksi stiluksiksi
instructive stiluksin
abessive stiluksetta stiluksitta
comitative stiluksineen
Possessive forms of stilus (type vastaus)
possessor singular plural
1st person stilukseni stiluksemme
2nd person stiluksesi stiluksenne
3rd person stiluksensa



Learned borrowing from Latin stilus, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg- (to be sharp; to sting).


  • IPA(key): [ˈstilʊs]
  • Hyphenation: sti‧lus


stilus (first-person possessive stilusku, second-person possessive stilusmu, third-person possessive stilusnya)

  1. stylus:
    1. (historical) an ancient writing implement consisting of a small rod with a pointed end for scratching letters on clay, wax-covered tablets or other surfaces, and a blunt end for obliterating them.
    2. (computing) a small device resembling a pen used to input handwritten text or drawings directly into an electronic device with a touch-sensitive screen.

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From Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg- (to be sharp; to sting). Related to instīgō (to urge, stimulate, stir up). Cognate with Ancient Greek στῐ́ζω (stízō, to mark with a pointed instrument), Ancient Greek στῐ́γμᾰ (stígma, mark, spot), Proto-Germanic *stikaną (to stick, stab).[1] Not related to Ancient Greek στῦλος (stûlos, pillar; wooden pole).



stilus m (genitive stilī); second declension

  1. (in general) a stake, pale, spike
    Synonyms: pālus, sudis, tālea, vallus
    • c. 390 CE, Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 23.4.5:
      ab hac medietate restium ligneus stilus exsurgens obliquus
      From the middle of these ropes a wooden arm rises obliquely
    1. (agriculture) a pointed instrument for freeing plants from worms or from shoots which grow too rankly
      • 4 CEc. 70 CE, Columella, De Re Rustica 11.3.53:
         []; deinde eas confecto aequinoctio paululo infra terram secare et ligneo stilo laxatis vel rubi vel ferulae medullis stercus inmittere atque ita semina cucumeris inserere, []
    2. (botany) a stem, stalk
      • 4 CEc. 70 CE, Columella, De Re Rustica 5.10.13:
        Omnis autem nux unam radicem mittit, et simplici stilo prorepit.
  2. (in particular) a stylus or pencil used for writing on waxen tablets
    • c. 95 CE, Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria 1.1.27:
      cum vero iam ductus sequi coeperit, non inutile erit eas tabellae quam optime insculpi, ut per illos velut sulcos ducatur stilus.
      As soon as the child has begun to know the shapes of the various letters, it will be no bad thing to have them cut as accurately as possible upon a board, so that the pen may be guided along the grooves.
    1. (transferred sense):
      1. an act of setting down in writing, composing, composition; the practice of composing; a manner of writing, mode of composition
        Synonyms: scriptiō, scriptūra
      2. a style in speaking, manner of speaking, mode of expression
      3. a decision, verdict, opinion


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative stilus stilī
Genitive stilī stilōrum
Dative stilō stilīs
Accusative stilum stilōs
Ablative stilō stilīs
Vocative stile stilī

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  • stilus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • stilus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • stilus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • stilus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • stilus”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • stilus”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ “stilo, istigare” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN