verb (used with object) Archaic.

in statu quo

[in stah-too kwoh; English in stey-tyoo kwoh, stach-oo]

adverb Latin.

in the state in which (anything was or is).

locus in quo

[loh-koo s in kwoh; English loh-kuh s in kwoh]

noun Latin.

the place in which; the very place; the scene of the event.

quid pro quo

[kwid proh kwoh]

noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo.

something that is given or taken in return for something else.

Origin of quid pro quo

1555–65; Latin quid prō quō literally, something for something; see what, pro1

quo animo?

[kwoh ah-ni-moh; English kwoh an-uh-moh]


with what spirit or intention?

quo jure?

[kwoh yoo-re; English kwoh joo r-ee]


by what right?

a quo

[ah-kwoh; English ey-kwoh]


from which; following from: used as a point of departure, as for an idea or plan.

terminus a quo

[ter-mi-noo s ah kwoh; English tur-muh-nuh s ey kwoh]

noun Latin.

the end from which; beginning; starting point; earliest limiting point.
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Contemporary Examples of quo

  • Q is for quo, status: “The status quo has got to go” (a sign at a Tea Party rally).

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Historical Examples of quo

British Dictionary definitions for quo

quid pro quo

noun plural quid pro quos

a reciprocal exchange
something given in compensation, esp an advantage or object given in exchange for another

Word Origin for quid pro quo

C16: from Latin: something for something

terminus a quo


the starting point; beginning

Word Origin for terminus a quo

literally: the end from which
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Word Origin and History for quo

quid pro quo

1560s, from Latin, literally "something for something, one thing for another," from nominative and ablative neuter singulars of relative pronoun qui "who" (see who) + pro "for" (see pro-) + quo, ablative of quid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quo in Culture

quid pro quo

[(kwid proh kwoh)]

A fair exchange; the phrase is most frequently used in diplomacy: “The Chinese may make some concessions on trade, but they will no doubt demand a quid pro quo, so we must be prepared to make concessions too.” From Latin, meaning “something for something.”

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Idioms and Phrases with quo

quid pro quo

An equal exchange or substitution, as in I think it should be quid pro quo—you mow the lawn and I'll take you to the movies. This Latin expression, meaning “something for something,” has been used in English since the late 1500s.

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