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Of unknown origin.[1][2] Maybe from earlier *verstigium, from verro, 'to sweep'.[3]



vestīgium n ‎(genitive vestīgiī); second declension

  1. footprint, track
  2. trace, vestige, mark
  3. sole of the foot
  4. horseshoe
  5. (figuratively, of time) moment, instant


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative vestīgium vestīgia
genitive vestīgiī vestīgiōrum
dative vestīgiō vestīgiīs
accusative vestīgium vestīgia
ablative vestīgiō vestīgiīs
vocative vestīgium vestīgia

Related terms[edit]



  • vestigium in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vestigium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • VESTIGIUM in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • vestigium” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to follow in any one's steps: vestigia alicuius sequi, persequi or vestigiis aliquem sequi, persequi
    • to follow in any one's steps: vestigiis alicuius insistere, ingredi (also metaph.)
    • not to stir from one's place: loco or vestigio se non movere
  1. ^ vestige” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ “vestigium” in the Oxford Latin Dictionary, 1968
  3. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill.