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From Proto-Indo-European *wel- (to see), see also Gothic 𐍅𐌿𐌻𐌸𐌿𐍃 (wulþus, glory), Tocharian B yel- (to examine) and Welsh gweld.



vultus m (genitive vultūs); fourth declension

  1. facial expression, look, countenance
    Synonyms: ōs, faciēs
    1. (the expression appropriate to a type of person or situation) visage, mien, demeanor
  2. (anatomy, often in the plural) the front of the head, face
    Synonyms: frōns, ōs
  3. (the face as involved in looking) the view, gaze
    Synonym: aspectus
  4. the distinctive appearance, looks, features
    1. (of beings and things) the outward appearance, face, aspect
    Synonym: speciēs


Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vultus vultūs
Genitive vultūs vultuum
Dative vultuī vultibus
Accusative vultum vultūs
Ablative vultū vultibus
Vocative vultus vultūs


  • Italian: volto
  • Occitan: vòlt
  • Old French: volt
  • Portuguese: vulto
  • Spanish: bulto, vulto


Further reading[edit]

  • vultus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vultus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • vultus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, page 1698
  • vultus in Georges, Karl Ernst; Georges (1913–1918) Ausführliches lateinisch-deutsches Handwörterbuch, Hahnsche Buchhandlung, page 3565
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • his eyes are always fixed on some one's face: oculi in vultu alicuius habitant
    • to dissemble, disguise one's feelings: vultum fingere
    • a feigned expression: vultus ficti simulatique
    • to put on a stern air: vultum componere ad severitatem
    • to keep one's countenance, remain impassive: vultum non mutare