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From tribus +‎ -nus.



tribūnus m (genitive tribūnī); second declension

  1. (historical) chief of a tribe
  2. commander
  3. (historical, politics) tribune, tribune of the plebs
  4. (historical, military) tribune, military tribune


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative tribūnus tribūnī
Genitive tribūnī tribūnōrum
Dative tribūnō tribūnīs
Accusative tribūnum tribūnōs
Ablative tribūnō tribūnīs
Vocative tribūne tribūnī


Derived terms[edit]


  • Byzantine Greek: τριβούνος (triboúnos)
  • Old French: tribun
  • Italian: tribuno
  • Portuguese: tribuno
  • Romanian: tribun
  • Sicilian: tribbunu
  • Spanish: tribuno


  • tribunus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tribunus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tribunus 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)
  • tribunus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the plebeian tribunes, whose persons are inviolable: tribuni plebis sacrosancti (Liv. 3. 19. 10)
    • to appeal to the plebeian tribunes against a praetor's decision: appellare tribunos plebis (in aliqua re a praetore) (Liv. 2. 55)
  • tribunus”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tribunus”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • tribunus”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin