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From Latin ambītus (circuit, ostentation).


ambitus (plural ambituses)

  1. (music) the range of a melody, especially those of ecclesiastical chants
  2. (botany, zoology) The exterior edge or border of a thing, such as a leaf or shell.
  3. (historical, Roman antiquity) A canvassing for votes.



Etymology 1Edit

Perfect passive participle of ambiō.


ambītus m (feminine ambīta, neuter ambītum); first/second declension

  1. encircled, surrounded

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative ambītus ambīta ambītum ambītī ambītae ambīta
genitive ambītī ambītae ambītī ambītōrum ambītārum ambītōrum
dative ambītō ambītō ambītīs
accusative ambītum ambītam ambītum ambītōs ambītās ambīta
ablative ambītō ambītā ambītō ambītīs
vocative ambīte ambīta ambītum ambītī ambītae ambīta

Etymology 2Edit

Action noun of ambiō (I go around, I encircle, I solicit).


ambitus m (genitive ambitūs); fourth declension

  1. circuit
  2. orbit, cycle
  3. periphrasis, circumlocution
  4. show, ostentation, vanity
  5. bribery

Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative ambitus ambitūs
genitive ambitūs ambituum
dative ambituī ambitibus
accusative ambitum ambitūs
ablative ambitū ambitibus
vocative ambitus ambitūs


  • ambitus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ambitus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ambitus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • ambitus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the period: ambitus, circuitus, comprehensio, continuatio (verborum, orationis), also simply periodus
    • to accuse some one of illegal canvassing: accusare aliquem ambitus, de ambitu
  • ambitus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ambitus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin