Identifying the Gender of Latin Nouns – an Infographic

Finding the gender of Latin nouns can frustrate even the most eager new student of the language.  With an understanding of a few simple rules, your student will soon be breezing their way through identifying the genders of any noun.

Latin Noun Genders


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    1. Amy on January 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Nicely done!

      • Betsy on January 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        Thanks Amy! It was fun to make!

    2. Carol on January 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Betsy, will pin this.

      • Betsy on January 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        You’re welcome!

    3. Dee Dee Wasmund on January 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Gorgeous! Is there a way to print it?

      • Betsy on January 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        The best way I can think of to print is to click on the image and then print through your browser printing function. You might have to play around with the scaling. As it is, it prints out on 3 pages. If you save the PNG to your computer, you can print it out as one page. Enjoy!

    4. Dee Dee Wasmund on January 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Betsy. Your materials are fantastic and really helpful to us.

      • Betsy on January 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        Wonderful! They have been fun to make.

    5. Bec on September 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      What an excellent resource, thanks very much! Just one minor thing- the 4th declension nouns cornu (not cornus) and genu are actually neuter, not feminine.

      • Betsy on September 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm

        Good catch! I knew that, but I don’t know where the feminine came from. I need to update the graphic. Thanks!

    6. Taylor on July 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Looks great! I am a high school Latin teacher and I would like to use this as an example in my classroom for an upcoming Piktochart project. Is there anyway to share this with me on Piktochart??

      • Betsy on July 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm

        I’d be happy to! Here’s the link (I think) to the image on Piktochart. Let me know if that works!

    7. Me! on April 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you for this! Especially the description of the third declension. I was searching for general guidelines on how to tell if a noun is male or female and was having a lot of trouble finding one until this. Obviously as you note that are exceptions, but it’s easier to remember a general rule and then memorize exceptions than having to memorize every individual word. The mnemonic devices you proposed are especially useful.

    8. Denise on November 17, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      This is wonderful!

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