English edit

Noun edit


  1. plural of quali

Latin edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- (interrogative, relative stem) and maybe *h₂el- (to grow) (cf. the sense of indolēs, from this root). Cognate with Ancient Greek πηλίκος (pēlíkos).

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Determiner edit


  1. (interrogative) of what kind, sort, description, nature; what kind of
    tālis ... quālisjust like
  2. (relative) of such kind as, one such as, just as, as, like
    • 29 BCE – 19 BCE, Virgil, Aeneid 4.69:
      [...] quālis coniectā cerva sagittā, [...].
      [...] like a deer, wounded by an arrow [...].
      (Introduces a famous simile comparing Dido to a wounded deer; like the deer, she too will perish.)
  3. (technical, philosophy) of a particular kind

Declension edit

Third-declension two-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative quālis quāle quālēs quālia
Genitive quālis quālium
Dative quālī quālibus
Accusative quālem quāle quālēs
Ablative quālī quālibus
Vocative quālis quāle quālēs quālia

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Descendants edit

  • Aromanian: cari, care, cai
  • Dalmatian: cal
  • English: quale
  • Franco-Provençal: quâl
  • French: quel
  • Friulian: cuâl
  • Galician: cal
  • Italian: quale
  • Ladin: chel
  • Occitan: qual
  • Portuguese: qual
  • Romanian: care
  • Sicilian: quali
  • Spanish: cual
  • Venetian: quało

References edit

  • qualis”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • qualis”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • qualis in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • qualis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to determine the nature and constitution of the subject under discussion: constituere, quid et quale sit, de quo disputetur
  • Dizionario Latino, Olivetti