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  1. plural of fame



  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of fame



From Proto-Indo-European *dʰH- (to disappear). Connected with affatim, fatīscō, fatīgō, fessus. However, De Vaan rejects this etymology, assigning none himself.[1]



famēs f (genitive famis); third declension

  1. hunger


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative famēs famēs
Genitive famis famium
Dative famī famibus
Accusative famem famēs
Ablative famē famibus
Vocative famēs famēs

However, the ablative singular always has the ē of the fifth declension: famē.[2]

Derived termsEdit


  • Aromanian: foami
  • Asturian: fame
  • Catalan: fam
  • Dalmatian: fum
  • English: famine, famished
  • Franco-Provençal: fam, famèna
  • French: faim, famine
  • Friulian: fan
  • Istriot: fan
  • Istro-Romanian: fome


  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill
  2. ^ Frederick M. Wheelock, Latin: An Introductory Course Based on Ancient Authors, 3rd ed. (Barnes & Noble, 1963), p. 267; cf. Phaedrus, Fābulae, 4.3.
  • fames in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fames in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fames in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be tormented by hunger, to be starving: fame laborare, premi
    • to endure the pangs of hunger: famem tolerare, sustentare
    • to die of starvation: fame confici, perire, interire
    • to be starved to death (as punishment): fame necari
    • to allay one's hunger, thirst: famem, sitim explere
    • to allay one's hunger, thirst: famem sitimque depellere cibo et potione
    • to starve a town into surrender: oppidum fame domare
  • Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 239

Old FrenchEdit


fames f pl

  1. oblique/nominative plural of fame