ubi sunt

[ oo-bee soont ]

  1. a poetic motif emphasizing the transitory nature of youth, life, and beauty, found especially in Medieval Latin poems.

Origin of ubi sunt

1910–15; <Medieval Latin Ubi sunt (quī ante nōs fuērunt?) Where are (those who were before us?)

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How to use ubi sunt in a sentence

  • Geburi consuetudines inveniuntur multimode, et ubi sunt onerose et ubi sunt leviores aut medie.

  • Sed ubi sunt vestimenta eorum qui post vota nuncupata perierunt?

    From a Cornish Window | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch