See also: gestus'



From Latin gestus.


  • IPA(key): /ɡɛsdus/, [ˈɡ̊ɛsd̥us]


gestus c (singular definite gestussen, plural indefinite gestus)

  1. gesture





  1. conditional of gestar



Etymology 1Edit

Perfect passive participle of gerō (carry, bear; wear).


gestus (feminine gesta, neuter gestum); first/second-declension participle

  1. carried, having been carried, borne, having been borne; worn, having been worn

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative gestus gesta gestum gestī gestae gesta
Genitive gestī gestae gestī gestōrum gestārum gestōrum
Dative gestō gestō gestīs
Accusative gestum gestam gestum gestōs gestās gesta
Ablative gestō gestā gestō gestīs
Vocative geste gesta gestum gestī gestae gesta

Etymology 2Edit

Action noun from gerō +‎ -tus.


gestus m (genitive gestūs); fourth declension

  1. carriage, posture, attitude (of the body)
  2. gesture
  3. action

Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative gestus gestūs
Genitive gestūs gestuum
Dative gestuī gestibus
Accusative gestum gestūs
Ablative gestū gestibus
Vocative gestus gestūs
Derived termsEdit
  • Catalan: gest
  • English: gesture
  • French: geste
  • Galician: xesto
  • Hungarian: gesztus
  • Portuguese: gesto
  • Romanian: gestă
  • Spanish: gesto


  • gestus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • gestus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • gestus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • gestus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to borrow instances from history: exempla petere, repetere a rerum gestarum memoria or historiarum (annalium, rerum gestarum) monumentis
    • Roman history (i.e. the events in it): res gestae Romanorum
    • to be well versed in Roman history: memoriam rerum gestarum (rerum Romanarum) tenere
    • exploits in war; brilliant actions: res gestae
    • (ambiguous) picture to yourselves the circumstances: ante oculos vestros (not vobis) res gestas proponite
    • (ambiguous) to celebrate some one's exploits in song: alicuius res gestas versibus ornare, celebrare
    • (ambiguous) to detail the whole history of an affair: ordine narrare, quomodo res gesta sit
    • (ambiguous) to gesticulate: gestum (always in the sing.) agere
    • (ambiguous) a success; a glorious feat of arms: res fortiter feliciterque gesta
    • (ambiguous) a success; a glorious feat of arms: res bene gesta