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Vir Definition:

Latin: man or husband.

Vir et uxor censentur in lege una persona is an old (and long abandoned in most countries) legal principle meaning that man and wife are considered to be one person in law.

In the 1879 Harper's Latin Dictionary, the word vir is defined as:

"vir, a male person, a man."

Similarly, Follet Latin Dictionary:

"vir: man, male person; grown man; adult male; manly person...."

The Oxford Latin Dictionary takes the approach that since Latin does not use the letter v, it renders vir in original Latin,  uir and defines it as follows:

"uir.  An adult male person.... The condition of being a man, manhood.... A husband."


  • Glare, P.G.W., Oxford Latin Dictionary (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976), Volume 2, page 2069. 
  • Levine, Edwin and others, Latin Dictionary (Follett Publishing Company, 1967), page 405.
  • Lewis, C. and Short, C., Harper's Latin Dictionary (New York: American Book Company, 1879), page 1994-1995.

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