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From voc(ā) (to name, call, summon) +‎ -bulum.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /woˈkaː.bu.lum/, [wɔˈkaː.bʊ.ɫ̪ʊ̃ˑ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /voˈka.bu.lum/, [vɔˈkaː.bu.lum]
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vocābulum n (genitive vocābulī); second declension

  1. designation, name, expression


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vocābulum vocābula
Genitive vocābulī vocābulōrum
Dative vocābulō vocābulīs
Accusative vocābulum vocābula
Ablative vocābulō vocābulīs
Vocative vocābulum vocābula

Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: vocable
  • English: vocable
  • French: vocable
  • Galician: vocábulo
  • German: Vokabel


  • vocabulum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vocabulum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vocabulum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • vocabulum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • we have no expression for that: huic rei deest apud nos vocabulum
    • to form, derive a word from... (used of the man who first creates the word): vocabulum, verbum, nomen ducere ab, ex...
    • the fundamental meaning of a word: vis et notio verbi, vocabuli
    • synonyms: vocabula idem fere declarantia
    • the word has a more extended signification: vocabulum latius patet
    • the word has a narrow meaning: vocabulum angustius valet
    • this word is neuter: hoc vocabulum generis neutri (not neutrius) est)
    • the proper term; a word used strictly: vocabulum proprium