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From the Proto-Italic *katos, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱh₃tós (sharpened), from *ḱeh₃- (to sharpen).



catus (feminine cata, neuter catum); first/second declension

  1. clever, intelligent, sagacious, clear-thinking
  2. cunning, crafty, sly
  3. (archaic) shrill, sharp, clear-sounding


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative catus cata catum catī catae cata
genitive catī catae catī catōrum catārum catōrum
dative catō catō catīs
accusative catum catam catum catōs catās cata
ablative catō catā catō catīs
vocative cate cata catum catī catae cata

Derived termsEdit


  • catus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • catus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • catus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • catus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) Cato of Utica was a direct descendant of Cato the Censor: Cato Uticensis ortus erat a Catone Censorio
  • catus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray