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PIE root

From Proto-Indo-European *wétos ‎(year). Cognates include Sanskrit वत्स ‎(vatsá, year) and Ancient Greek ἔτος ‎(étos).



vetus m, f, n ‎(genitive veteris, comparative vetustior or veterior, superlative vetustissimus or veterrimus); third declension

  1. old, aged, ancient
  2. long-standing
  3. former, previous
    • 27 BCE – 25 BCE, Titus Livius, Ab urbe condita libri 26.1
      Ea tum cura maxime intentos habebat Romanos, non ab ira tantum, quae in nullam unquam ciuitatem iustior fuit, quam quod urbs tam nobilis ac potens, sicut defectione sua traxerat aliquot populos, ita recepta inclinatura rursus animos uidebatur ad ueteris imperii respectum.
      This concern in particular troubled the mindful Romans at the time, not so much because of anger, which has never been more justified against any other city, rather because a city so noble and powerful, in the same way that it had attracted the support of a number of communities by its revolt, was thought would again turn attention back towards respect for the previous government once recaptured.


Third declension, non-i-stem (genitive plural in -um).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative vetus veterēs vetera
genitive veteris veterum
dative veterī veteribus
accusative veterem vetus veterēs vetera
ablative vetere veteribus
vocative vetus veterēs vetera


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  • Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Latin and the development of the Romance languages: The postclassical period, Vulgar Latin, 2007.[1]