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From niteō (to shine) +‎ -idus.



nitidus (feminine nitida, neuter nitidum, comparative nitidior, superlative nitidissimus); first/second-declension adjective

  1. shining, polished, glittering
  2. handsome, beautiful, good-looking
  3. (of persons) healthy-looking, well conditioned
  4. (of animals) sleek, plump
    • Horace, Q. Horatii Flacci Satiræ. The Satires of Horace, in Philip Francis, A Poetical Translation of the Works of Horace, With the Original Text, vol. 2, 1749, publ. by A. Millar, page 178, line 214.
      Si quis lecticâ nitidam geſtare amet agnam;
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  5. (of plants) blooming, fertile
  6. (of speech or writing) cultivated, refined


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative nitidus nitida nitidum nitidī nitidae nitida
Genitive nitidī nitidae nitidī nitidōrum nitidārum nitidōrum
Dative nitidō nitidō nitidīs
Accusative nitidum nitidam nitidum nitidōs nitidās nitida
Ablative nitidō nitidā nitidō nitidīs
Vocative nitide nitida nitidum nitidī nitidae nitida


  • Eastern Romance:
    • Romanian: neted
  • Old Leonese: [Term?]
  • Old Portuguese: nedio
  • Old Spanish: [Term?]
  • Vulgar Latin: *nittus
  • Catalan: nítid
  • English: nitid
  • French: nitide
  • Italian: nitido
  • Portuguese: nítido
  • Spanish: nítido