Is there in English derivative that comes from the Latin word, caupona?

I have an assignment to find an English derivative for the word, caupona, cauponae, meaning inn in latin...can anyone help?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    The full Oxford English Dictionary has "cauponate", "cauponation", and "cauponize".

    But there are no current words from this root. As the definitions say, they are completely archaic/obsolete: the OED citations run from the 1600s to 1700s at the latest. They have the smell of "inkhorn terms": words coined by scholars from classical roots when there was a vogue for doing this in the 16th-17th centuries. A great many of these geeky Latin-based neologisms never made it into long-term usage, and "cauponate" etc looks like an example.

    cauponate, v

    Etymology: < Latin caupōnāt- participial stem of caupōnāri to traffic or trade in, < caupōnem retail tradesman, huckster, innkeeper


    1. intr. To sell liquor or victuals, keep a victualling-house.

    2. trans. To deal like a huckster with; to traffic in for the sake of gain. fig. [so Latin caupōnāri.]

    cauponation, n.

    Etymology: Formed as cauponate v.: see -ation suffix.


    Petty dealing or trafficking; tricky or unfair dealing; mixing of liquors, adulteration.

    cauponize, v.

    Etymology: < Latin caupōn-em (see cauponate v.) + -ize suffix.


    1. intr. To act as victualler, huckster, or sutler.

    2. trans. To traffic in like a retail dealer or tavern-keeper; to mix and adulterate for gain.

    Source(s): OED
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Ray is correct but a bit anal about it.

    Obviously looked up.

    Having studied Classics I have never encountered a modern day equivalent at all.

    Inn is a bit of a stretch really.

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