se·​de·​runt sə-ˈdir-ənt How to pronounce sederunt (audio)
: a prolonged sitting (as for discussion)

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Sederunt was summonsed by members of the Scottish Court of Session and other deliberative bodies during the 17th century to refer to the list of people present at meetings and to the "sittings" themselves. The word sat in deliberation for some time before being called upon by the general public as a word for any prolonged sitting, whether for relaxation, reading, casual discussion, or the like. Sederunt proved to be the right choice because it derives from Latin sedēre, meaning "to sit."

Word History


Latin, there (they) sat (from sedēre to sit), word used to introduce list of those attending a session — more at sit

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sederunt was in 1825


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“Sederunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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