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  1. conditional of ludi



Along with lūdō, it is either from Proto-Indo-European *loydos < *leyd- (to play) or from Etruscan.



lūdus m (genitive lūdī); second declension

  1. school
  2. game, sport, play
  3. (in plural) public spectacle, games, stage plays/productions
  4. fun


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative lūdus lūdī
genitive lūdī lūdōrum
dative lūdō lūdīs
accusative lūdum lūdōs
ablative lūdō lūdīs
vocative lūde lūdī

Derived termsEdit



  • ludus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ludus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “ludus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • ludus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to give funeral games in honour of a person: ludos funebres alicui dare
    • an elementary school: ludus (discendi or litterarum)
    • the piece; the play: fabula, ludus scaenicus
    • to institute games: ludos apparare
    • to give public games in honour of Jupiter: ludos facere, edere (Iovi)
    • to revive public games: ludos instaurare
    • a school for gladiators: ludus gladiatorius
    • crowded games: celebritas ludorum
    • sumptuous public games: magnificentia ludorum
    • (ambiguous) performances in the circus; theatrical perfomances: ludi circenses, scaenici
    • (ambiguous) sumptuous public games: ludi apparatissimi
    • (ambiguous) the Olympian, Pythian games: ludi Olympia (not ludi Olympici), Pythia
    • (ambiguous) gymnastic contests: ludi gymnici

Professor Kidd, et al. Collins Gem Latin Dictionary. HarperCollins Publishers (Glasgow: 2004). ISBN 0-00-470763-X. page 207.