Buchstabe

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German buochstap, from Old High German buohstab (letter, writing). From Proto-Germanic *bōkastabaz, from Proto-Indo-European roots *bʰagós (book) + *stěbʰ, *stemb (support, stamp, be astonished). Compare English bookstaff, bookstave.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbuːxʃtaːbə/

Noun[edit]

Buchstabe m (genitive Buchstabens or Buchstaben, plural Buchstaben)

  1. letter (of the alphabet)
    • 1931, Gebhard Mehring, Schrift und Schrifttum, Silberburg-Verlag, page 21:
      Das römische Zahlensystem […] besteht aus 7 Buchstaben, die zur Bezeichnung von Zahlenwerten verwendet werden: M D C L X V I
      The Roman numeral system […] consists of 7 letters, which are used for the representation of numerical values: M D C L X V I

Usage notes[edit]

Buchstabe usually has an irregular genitive singular (des) Buchstabens (cf. Name). The normal weak form (des) Buchstaben does also exist, however.

Declension[edit]

Irregular (or “mixed”)
Weak

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Brief m (letter delivered by mail)

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