syllabus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin syllabus (list), a misreading of sittybis or sillybis (ablative plural) in a 1470s edition of Cicero's "Ad Atticum" iv.5 and 8. This misprint of sittybis or sillybis as syllabis was later wrongly related to the Greek noun συλλαβή "syllabe", but is actually from Ancient Greek σιττύβα (sittyba, parchment label, table of contents) of unknown origin.[1][2]

Noun[edit]

syllabus (plural syllabi or syllabuses)

  1. A summary of topics which will be covered during an academic course, or a text or lecture.

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Dictionary of True Etymologies
  2. ^ Ad Atticum IV by Cicero

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

syllabus m (genitive syllabī); second declension

  1. list, register, syllabus

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative syllabus syllabī
genitive syllabī syllabōrum
dative syllabō syllabīs
accusative syllabum syllabōs
ablative syllabō syllabīs
vocative syllabe syllabī