Brief

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German brief, from Old High German briaf, which is borrowed from Latin breve, a neuter form of Latin brevis (short). Cognates include Middle Dutch and Dutch brief, Old Norse bréf, Old Saxon brēf (all of them borrowed from Latin)[1][2] and English brief.

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Noun[edit]

Brief m (genitive Briefs or Briefes, plural Briefe)

  1. letter (written message)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “Brief” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1
  2. ^ brief; in: J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)