See also: prae-, præ-, and prä-


Alternative formsEdit


From Proto-Indo-European *préh₂i. Cognate with Old Latin *pri (before), as in prior, prīdiē, etc. Other Italic cognates include Oscan 𐌐𐌓𐌀𐌉 (prai) and Umbrian 𐌐𐌓𐌄 (pre).




  1. before
  2. in front


prae (+ ablative)

  1. before
  2. in front of
  3. because of


Derived termsEdit


  • Eastern Romance:
    • Romanian: prea


  • prae in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • prae in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • prae in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • prae in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be unable to speak for emotion: prae lacrimis loqui non posse
    • to pass as a man of great learning: magnam doctrinae speciem prae se ferre
    • to give the impression of...; have the outward aspect of..: speciem prae se ferre
    • to drive the enemy before one: prae se agere hostem
  • Buck, Carl (1904) A grammar of Oscan and Umbrian, Ginn & Co, page 78