From Proto-Indo-European *néwos. Cognates include Ancient Greek νέος (neos), Sanskrit नव (náva) and Old English nīwe (English new).



novus m (feminine nova, neuter novum); first/second declension

  1. new, not old
    Colonos novos ascribere.
    To appoint new inhabitants.
  2. fresh, young
  3. recent
  4. unusual, extraordinary


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative novus nova novum novī novae nova
genitive novī novae novī novōrum novārum novōrum
dative novō novae novō novīs novīs novīs
accusative novum novam novum novōs novās nova
ablative novō novā novō novīs novīs novīs
vocative nove nova novum novī novae nova

Derived termsEdit

  • nove
  • novellus
  • novō
  • renovō
  • novae tabernae or Novae (the new shops; many of the shops of the money-changers in the Forum were burned down, and those built on their sites were called Novae, those which remained standing) Veteres (vide. vetus)
  • sub Novis
  • novae tabulae (new account-books, by making which old debts were cancelled)
    (trope) beneficiorum novae tabulae (forgetfulness of benefits)
  • Novum Testāmentum
  • novus homo or homo novus (the first of his family who obtained a curule office, a man newly ennobled, an upstart)
  • nova nupta (a bride)
  • novae res (new things, novelties)


Last modified on 29 March 2014, at 03:54