Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



syllaba (plural syllabas)

  1. syllable



From Ancient Greek συλλαβή (sullabḗ), from σύν (sún, with, together) + λαμβάνω (lambánō, I take).



syllaba f (genitive syllabae); first declension

  1. syllable
    • 397 CE – 400 CE, Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, Cōnfessiōnēs 13.15:
      Vident enim [angelī] faciem tuam semper, et ibi legunt sine syllabīs temporum, quid velit aeterna voluntās tua.
      For they [the messengers/angels] always see your face, and they read there, without syllables of times, what your eternal will wills.
  2. (figuratively, in the plural) poems, verses


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative syllaba syllabae
Genitive syllabae syllabārum
Dative syllabae syllabīs
Accusative syllabam syllabās
Ablative syllabā syllabīs
Vocative syllaba syllabae



  • syllaba”, in Charlton T[homas] Lewis; Charles [Lancaster] Short (1879) [] A New Latin Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.: American Book Company; Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • syllaba”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • syllaba in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to lengthen the pronunciation of a syllable or letter: syllabam, litteram producere (opp. corripere) (Quintil. 9. 4. 89)
    • this word ends in a long syllable: haec vox longa syllaba terminatur, in longam syllabam cadit, exit
    • a verbal, petty critic; a caviller: syllabarum auceps