Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Italic *e/olloike (locative), from ille +‎ -ce and thus a parallel formation to illōc (thither, to there), the latter from the instrumental. Compare hūc and hōc. See also illinc.



illūc (not comparable)

  1. thither, to that place, to there
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From earlier illoc(ce), for illud +‎ -ce, with vowel change extended either from the base form in which the reduction is regular, or from proclisis.

Alternative formsEdit


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ilˈluk/, [ɪlˈlʲʊk]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ilˈluk/, [ilˈluk]
  • Note: as with hoc, the final /k/ of this word is doubled if a vowel follows, e.g. illuc est /ilˈluk.kest/.[1]



  1. nominative/accusative neuter singular of illic
    • c. 190–185, Plautus, Amphitryon 270:
      Sed quid illuc est? Caelum aspectat. Observabo quam rem agat.
      But what is that? He's gazing at the sky. I'm going to watch what he does.


  1. ^ “Maurus Servius Honoratus, In Vergilii Georgicon Libros 10.668.1”, in[1], la, retrieved 2021-03-07

Further readingEdit

  • illuc in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • illuc in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • illuc in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • hither and thither: huc (et) illuc

Old FrenchEdit



  1. Alternative form of iluec