Latin Phrases in dictionary
A priori: From what comes before.
Ad hoc: For this purpose.
Alma Mater: One’s old school (literally ‘bounteous mother’).
Aqua vitae: Alcoholic spirit, e.g. brandy/whisky. Literally ‘water of life’.
Carpe diem: Seize the day (‘enjoy the day, pluck it when it is ripe’)
Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware
Cogito ergo sum: I think, therefore I am.
De facto: In fact – in reality.
Et cetera (etc.): And the rest.
In vitro: In a test tube (literally ‘in glass’).
Modus operandi (m.o.): Mode of operating.
Nolens volens: Willingly or unwillingly
Prima facie: At first sight; on the face of it.
Pro bono: Without charge – for the public good.
Opus Dei: The work of God.
Quid pro quo: Something for something, i.e a favor for a favor
Vox populi: The voice of the people.
Magnum Opus: Distinguished work