Abendbrot

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Abend +‎ Brot

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaːbəntˌbʁoːt/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈaːmbʁoːt/ (careless speech)

Noun[edit]

Abendbrot n (genitive Abendbrots or Abendbrotes, plural Abendbrote)

  1. a cold supper consisting mainly of bread, sliced meat, cheese, and pickles
  2. (by extension) any kind of supper (meal taken in the evening)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The kind of supper defined in sense 1 is common among most families in the German language area, either on virtually all evenings or just on some evenings.
  • Few speakers make a clear-cut distinction between Abendbrot (sense 1) and Abendessen (sense 2). Both words are widely interchangeable, apart from the fact that only Abendessen would commonly be used for a dinner at a classy restaurant.
  • The plural form is widely avoided.

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