Word of the Day – Maecenas

By December 6, 2018 Word of the Day

Maecenas (noun)

mi-see-nus

A generous patron especially of literature or art

Gaius circa 70–8 b.c. Roman statesman and patron of literature

Example sentences

“The theatre company no longer has an array of moneyed Maecenases to which it can turn for financial support”

Word of the Day – Au Courant

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Au Courant (adj) ow-ku-ran Aware of what is going on; well informed. Fashionable Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘in the (regular) course’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Couchant

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Couchant (adj) kow-chant (of an animal) lying with the body resting on the legs and the head raised. Late Middle English: French, ‘lying’, present participle of coucher (see couch). (more…)

Word of the Day – Concomitant

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Concomitant (adj) kon-komi-tant Naturally accompanying or associated. Early 17th century: from late Latin concomitant- ‘accompanying’, from concomitari, from con- ‘together with’ + comitari, from Latin comes ‘companion’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Rhotic

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Rhotic (adj) row-tik Relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English (e.g. in most of the US and south-western England) in which r is pronounced before a consonant…

Word of the Day – Recondite

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Recondite (adj) rek-on-dait (of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse. Mid 17th century: from Latin reconditus ‘hidden, put away’, past participle of recondere, from re- ‘back’ + condere ‘put…

Word of the Day – Haptic

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Haptic (adj) hap-tik Relating to the sense of touch, in particular relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch and proprioception. Late 19th century: from…

Word of the Day – Diorama

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Diorama (noun) dai-o-ra-ma A model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures, either in miniature or as a large-scale museum exhibit. Early 19th century: coined in French from dia- ‘through’, on…

Word of the Day – Opus

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Opus (noun) o-pus An artistic work, especially one on a large scale. Early 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘work’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Leucistic

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