locus classicus


locus clas·​si·​cus -ˈkla-si-kəs How to pronounce locus classicus (audio)
plural loci classici -ˈkla-sə-ˌsī How to pronounce locus classicus (audio)
: a passage that has become a standard for the elucidation of a word or subject
: a classic case or example

Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of locus classicus was in 1657

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“Locus classicus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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