Alternative formsEdit


From vetus (old) +‎ -ulus.



vetulus (feminine vetula, neuter vetulum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. old; little old, poor old
    • 1522, The Profane Feast (Conuiuium profanum):
      Vetulus canis non facile assuescit loro ("It is hard to accustom an old dog to a leash")


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative vetulus vetula vetulum vetulī vetulae vetula
Genitive vetulī vetulae vetulī vetulōrum vetulārum vetulōrum
Dative vetulō vetulō vetulīs
Accusative vetulum vetulam vetulum vetulōs vetulās vetula
Ablative vetulō vetulā vetulō vetulīs
Vocative vetule vetula vetulum vetulī vetulae vetula



  • Vulgar Latin: veclus (see there for further descendants)


vetulus m (genitive vetulī); second declension

  1. old man; little old man
    • Genesis 18:12 (in Latin)
      "et dominus meus vetulus ("and my lord is an old man")


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vetulus vetulī
Genitive vetulī vetulōrum
Dative vetulō vetulīs
Accusative vetulum vetulōs
Ablative vetulō vetulīs
Vocative vetule vetulī

Related termsEdit


  • vetulus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vetulus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vetulus 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)
  • vetulus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Elskens, Etienne, compiler. Latin Words, Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans.[1]
  • Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Latin and the development of the Romance languages: The postclassical period, Vulgar Latin, 2007. [2]