EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin quīdam.

NounEdit

quidam (plural quidams)

  1. A nobody; a person of no importance. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III.12:
      A quidam gallant determined upon a time to surprise both my house and my selfe.

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ki.dam/
  • (file)

NounEdit

quidam m (plural quidams)

  1. Used to designate persons whose name are unknown or not mentioned.
  2. Person whose identity is not indicated, in a conversation, a writing.
  3. Individual.

Further readingEdit


LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From quī +‎ -dam (demonstrative ending).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

quīdam (feminine quaedam, neuter quiddam); relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion

  1. someone, a certain one/thing; something
    Quidam vitiis gloriantur.
    Some people boast with their vices. (Seneca, Epistulae ad Luculium, III,28)

Usage notesEdit

Not to be confused with quidem.

DeclensionEdit

Relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative quīdam quaedam quoddam quīdam quaedam
Genitive cuiusdam quōrundam
quōrumdam
quārundam
quārumdam
quōrundam
quōrumdam
Dative cuidam quibusdam
quīsdam
Accusative quendam quandam quoddam quōsdam quāsdam quaedam
Ablative quōdam quādam quōdam quibusdam
quīsdam

AdjectiveEdit

quīdam (feminine quaedam, neuter quoddam); relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion

  1. Certain (person or thing), some (person or thing), one [in the sense of "a specific"] (person or thing not previously introduced in the present discourse).

DeclensionEdit

Relative/interrogative pronoun (with m optionally → n in compounds) with an indeclinable portion.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative quīdam quaedam quoddam quīdam quaedam
Genitive cuiusdam quōrundam
quōrumdam
quārundam
quārumdam
quōrundam
quōrumdam
Dative cuidam quibusdam
quīsdam
Accusative quendam
quemdam
quamdam quoddam quōsdam quāsdam quaedam
Ablative quōdam quādam quōdam quibusdam
quīsdam

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • quidam in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quidam in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quidam 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)
  • quidam in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • I have a few words to say on this: mihi quaedam dicenda sunt de hac re