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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

The best free, online Latin-English dictionary is undoubtedly Lewis and Short. There are several ways to access it, too, and they are given in separate answers. Most people seem to go straight to ...
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Why do Latin nouns (like cena, -ae) include two forms?

The second form is the genitive singular. The above answers address the substance of your question, but I wanted to add as a supplementary answer something that doesn't appear to be explicitly stated ...
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Why do Latin nouns (like cena, -ae) include two forms?

It's the singular genitive-case form. The use is that if you know the nominative singular form, genitive singular form, and the gender of a regularly inflected Latin noun, you can predict all of its ...
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Abbreviations in Latin dictionaries, especially Lewis and Short

You can find the abbreviations for Lewis & Short in the Latin Lexicon 'Numen' online: http://latinlexicon.org/LNS_abbreviations.php First you will find the abbreviations of ancient authors and ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

For more thorough comparisons with different Latin dictionaries, including the Latin-Dutch dictionary LaNe, one can use Chicago's Logeion. You can type in either Latin or Greek (transliterated or ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

If you're looking for an English-to-Latin dictionary, I recommend A Copious and Critical English-Latin Dictionary, by William Smith and Theophilus (!) Hall. The most recent edition was published in ...
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Latin to Latin Dictionary

Egidio Forcellini's Totius Latinitatis Lexicon, published in 1771 when Latin was still in widespread use, is available on-line in a convenient, searchable form at http://linguax.com/lexica/forc.php, ...
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Are there dictionaries that translate profanities profanely?

Oh, God, the prudish lengths to which dictionaries go to avoid translating profanity correctly! I feel your pain—I too feel cheated and betrayed when this happens. It's like, aren't you supposed to ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

Collatinus I highly recommand Collatinus. There are a web version and a desktop version, and it's a free software (CC BY-NC). Functionalities search for lemma in several Latin dictionaries (Gaffiot, ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

The online version of William Whitaker's Words (originally an MS-DOS program, see Wikipedia) is very useful: http://archives.nd.edu/words.html It is very useful, especially translate from English to ...
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Dictionary for New Latin words

The Lexicon Morganianum (with a new website as of only a few months ago) is an excellent resource. It was originally compiled by David Morgan and Patrick Owens. It includes macrons and is exclusively ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

[Edit: this site seems to be down, alas.] Pollux: Archimedes Project Dictionary Access Here you can search Lewis & Short, Liddell Scott Jones, and a few other dictionaries. The layout is not as ...
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Three forms of a Latin verb?

Actually, Latin dictionaries tend to list four forms of a Latin verb. These forms are known as "principal parts." So the "official" listing for your example consists of four principal parts: sedeō, ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

One option to consider is the online Latin-English Dictionary. It is essentially an online version of William Whitaker's words, and uses the exact same word list. (Full disclosure: this is a ...
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Why do Latin nouns (like cena, -ae) include two forms?

The first form, e.g., cena, is the lemma or lexical form. This is the form you use when looking up words in a dictionary or lexicon. The second form is the lemma declined in the genitive case, ...
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Why is the first person singular the citation form?

Let me try to approach this from a slightly different angle: What would work as a citation form? A good citation form would be such that you could deduce all other forms (from the present stem) from ...
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How do you choose the correct meaning of a word from a dictionary?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a number of "translations" of the English verb seize: confiscate, capture, arrest, clutch, grasp, apprehend, afflict, possess, understand, bind, fasten, ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

Latin is Simple! http://latin-is-simple.com/ is a dedicated online dictionary that contains most latin words: Over 44,000 vocabulary entries (with translations) Thus over 3,100,000 inflected (...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

One option is Philolog.us which not only allows for quick looking up of entries in Lewis and Short, but also the Greek dictionaries Liddel and Scott's and Slater's Lexicon to Pindar. The big bonus for ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

First of all, I must confess I don't know many. However, the one I commonly use meets my needs pretty well and isn't mentioned above: it is University of Notre Dame's Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid. ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

One possibility is to use Webxicon. It translates between several languages, including Latin and English. You can even leave the target or source language blank to get answers for all possible ...
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Latin to Latin Dictionary

For one who looks for a Latin-Latin dictionary which is lighter than Forcellini's, there are some options with varying degrees of completeness. Murzintcev Nikita has done great work in making some ...
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amatus or amatum - which one is the perfect passive participle form

Both are correct. The perfect participle has several forms for different genders, numbers, and cases. An entry in a dictionary does not give all the forms of a word, not even all the forms of any ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

I often use Numen, the Latin lexicon (latinlexicon.org). It is easy to use and allows searches for both Latin and English words. Many entries have use examples, although they can be quite cryptic. ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

There's a widget that lets you look up any word in the Oxford Latin Dictionary. Pros: It's the Oxford Latin Dictionary Cons: It's behind a paywall (subscription-based) - available to institutions ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

I always use the site: https://en.glosbe.com/ I like the site because it has got more than 15.000 words, new and old Latin. It shows: The conjugation of the word Many meanings A lot of example ...
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How do you choose the correct meaning of a word from a dictionary?

Joonas and Cairnarvon are right, but I want to add an additional detail. Using an online dictionary that is just a "word list" is no replacement for a proper dictionary. Dictionaries don't ...
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Dictionaries always list the Neuter Participle in principal forms, why?

The ultimate answer to these sorts of things is always "convention." They do it because the what they worked with did it. Maybe some editor or another justified their particular adoption of ...
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What is the correct vowel quantity for words formed from sĭ̄gn-?

I cited some relevant sources in my answer to Are vowels long before "gn"? Your dictionary is following a once-common view that held that words like this actually had a long vowel (not just ...
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In the Dickinson Core Vocabulary why is vos given as an adjective, but tu as a pronoun?

Since nos (the closest comparator, along with tu, ego and so on) is classified as a pronoun, I think it is safe to conclude that it is an error in the database. The vos entry is also irregular in that ...
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