flatus vocis

noun fla·tus vo·cis \ˌflätəsˈvōkə̇s, -təˈswō-\

Definition of flatus vocis

plural

flatus vocis

  1. :  a mere name, word, or sound without a corresponding objective reality —used by the nominalists of universals

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of flatus vocis

Medieval Latin, literally, breath of the voice


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up flatus vocis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

feeling or affected by lethargy

Get Word of the Day daily email!