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Ancient GreekEdit

Komos scene.


The origin is uncertain.

Dunkel (apud LIV) derives from Proto-Indo-European *ḱómso-, from *ḱems- (to announce, proclaim), whence Sanskrit शंसति (śaṃsati, to declare), Proto-Iranian *ĉánhati (to declare, explain), Latin cēnseō (to give an opinion).

On the other hand, Janda (apud LIV) derives from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂-mo-, from *keh₂- (to desire, wish), whence Sanskrit काम (kā́ma, desire, wish), Latin cārus (dear).

Beekes remarks, that since the precise development of the meaning of κῶμος (kômos) is uncertain, etymological suggestions remain highly hypothetical. He suggests that this is a Pre-Greek word.


  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /kɔ̂ː.mos/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈko.mos/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈko.mos/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈko.mos/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈko.mos/
  • NounEdit

    κῶμος (kômosm (genitive κώμου); second declension

    1. festival, procession, revel, carousel
    2. The band of revellers of such an event
    3. A song or ode sung at such an event


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