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Alternative forms[edit]

  • omo (archaic, regional)
  • homo (obsolete, regional)

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From Latin homō, from Old Latin hemō, from Proto-Italic *hemō, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰm̥mṓ (earthling). Same source as the form omo (which does not exhibit diphthongisation).


  • IPA(key): /ˈwɔ.mo/, [ˈwɔːmo]
  • (file)
  • Stress: uòmo
  • Hyphenation: uo‧mo


uomo m (plural uomini, diminutive ometto, omino, augmentative omone)

  1. man
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno, Le Monnier (1994), Canto XXIV, p. 362, vv. 127-129:
      Io vidi un, fatto a guisa di lëuto, ¶ pur ch'elli avesse avuta l'anguinaia ¶ tronca da l'altro che l'uomo ha forcuto.
      I saw one made in fashion of a lute, ¶ if he had only had the groin cut off ¶ just at the point at which a man is forked.
  2. (archaic, by extension) person
  3. (by extension) mankind
    • 1807, Ippolito Pindemonte, Dei Sepolcri, Molini, Landi e comp., (1809), p. 46:
      Quel duce, che col nudo acciaro in pugno ¶ l'uomo amar seppe, e che i nemici tutti, ¶ sé stesso ed anco la vittoria vinse.
      That leader who, bare steel in hand, ¶ could love mankind, and all the enemies, ¶ himself and victory itself conquered.

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