See also: illo, illó, and illő



Etymology 1Edit

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-illō (present infinitive -illāre, perfect active -illāvī, supine -illātum); first conjugation

  1. Forms diminutive verbs from verbs.
    focilō (I refresh, resuscitate), less commonly focillō, from the noun focus.
    cantillō (I hum, warble), from the verb cantō
   Conjugation of -illō (first conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present -illō -illās -illat -illāmus -illātis -illant
imperfect -illābam -illābās -illābat -illābāmus -illābātis -illābant
future -illābō -illābis -illābit -illābimus -illābitis -illābunt
perfect -illāvī -illāvistī -illāvit -illāvimus -illāvistis -illāvērunt, -illāvēre
pluperfect -illāveram -illāverās -illāverat -illāverāmus -illāverātis -illāverant
future perfect -illāverō -illāveris -illāverit -illāverimus -illāveritis -illāverint
passive present -illor -illāris, -illāre -illātur -illāmur -illāminī -illantur
imperfect -illābar -illābāris, -illābāre -illābātur -illābāmur -illābāminī -illābantur
future -illābor -illāberis, -illābere -illābitur -illābimur -illābiminī -illābuntur
perfect -illātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect -illātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect -illātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present -illem -illēs -illet -illēmus -illētis -illent
imperfect -illārem -illārēs -illāret -illārēmus -illārētis -illārent
perfect -illāverim -illāverīs -illāverit -illāverīmus -illāverītis -illāverint
pluperfect -illāvissem -illāvissēs -illāvisset -illāvissēmus -illāvissētis -illāvissent
passive present -iller -illēris, -illēre -illētur -illēmur -illēminī -illentur
imperfect -illārer -illārēris, -illārēre -illārētur -illārēmur -illārēminī -illārentur
perfect -illātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect -illātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present -illā -illāte
future -illātō -illātō -illātōte -illantō
passive present -illāre -illāminī
future -illātor -illātor -illantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives -illāre -illāvisse -illātūrum esse -illārī -illātum esse -illātum īrī
participles -illāns -illātūrus -illātus -illandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
-illandī -illandō -illandum -illandō -illātum -illātū
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. dative masculine singular of -illus
  2. dative neuter singular of -illus
  3. ablative masculine singular of -illus
  4. ablative neuter singular of -illus



From Old Spanish -iello, from Latin -ellus, and extension of -lus.


-illo (feminine counterpart -illa)

  1. Added to masculine nouns to denote a diminutive form.

Usage notesEdit

  • If the noun has a final vowel (usually -o), it is dropped before adding -illo.
  • In most cases, -illo is used simply to indicate a small or endeared thing, without changing the basic meaning of the noun; however, in some cases, it is used to effect a greater change in meaning, such as bolsillo (pocket), from bolso (handbag, purse).
  • Different nouns tend to prefer different diminutive suffixes (see synonyms below), though some nouns accept multiple diminutives, and there is often regional or personal variation.
  • For masculine nouns ending in -a, there is some alternation between the gender-reflecting diminutive -illo and the ending-reflecting diminutive -illa. When the latter is used, -ill- may be considered an infix.


Derived termsEdit