hic jacet

[heek yah-ket; English hik jey-set]


here lies (often used to begin epitaphs on tombstones).

Nearby words

  1. hibernoma,
  2. hibiscus,
  3. hic,
  4. hic et nunc,
  5. hic et ubique,
  6. hic requiescit in pace,
  7. hiccough,
  8. hiccup,
  9. hiccups,
  10. hichens

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British Dictionary definitions for hic jacet

hic jacet

(on gravestones) here lies
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Word Origin and History for hic jacet

hic jacet

Latin, hic iacet, "here lies," commonly the first words of Latin epitaphs; from demonstrative pronomial adjective of place hic "here" + iacet "it lies," from iacere "to lie, rest," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

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