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by Marsha

Dear Latin Teacher,

The word 'sequitum'. I am absolutely sure that I read a text in the English language in the past that used this word to mean procession.
I could not find any reference to this word online today however (in this sense).
Can you please clarify?

Thanks in advance for your kindness,


Dear Marsha,

I must admit I have never seen this word in English. It seems that it may mean a following or a procession, but it is from late or low Latin, i.e. not a word you might find in classical authors. It may be a variant of sequutus, from sequor, sequi, sequutus sum, a deponent verb meaning "to follow". In classical Latin, even sequutus is spelled secutus.

Sequitum as such does not occur in any of my Latin dictionaries, nor in any English dictionary in my library. I found it used in a few Latin texts online, in which it seems to mean "a following". I found it in only one blog post in English, in the phrase "faithful sequitum" meaning a "faithful following".

Sorry that I am not helpful on this one.

Thanks for asking a Latin teacher,



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