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Alemannic German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]



Glas n (plural Gleser, diminutive Glesli)

  1. glass (material)
  2. glass (drinking vessel)
  3. pane of glass



From Old High German glas, gles, from Proto-Germanic *glasą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰel- (to shine, glimmer, glow). Compare Low German Glas, Dutch glas, English glass, Icelandic gler.


  • IPA(key): /ɡlaːs/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ɡlas/ (Low German areas)
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  • Rhymes: -aːs


Glas n (genitive Glases, plural Gläser or Glas, diminutive Gläschen n)

  1. (material) glass
  2. (container) glass
    • 1931, Arthur Schnitzler, Flucht in die Finsternis, S. Fischer Verlag, page 36:
      Ein frisch gefülltes Glas Champagner stand vor ihm. Er trank es in einem Zug aus – mit Lust, fast mit Begier.
      A freshly filled glass of champaign was in front of him. He emptied it in one draught – with pleasure, almost with greed.
  3. (container) jar (made of glass)
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Die Orgelpfeifen, in: Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun. Verlag, page 31:
      So wurden im Garten noch die letzten Stachelbeeren und Himbeeren, wurden schon frühe Pflaumen und Pfirsiche gepflückt; in der Küche weckte Mamsell das viele Obst und Gemüse in unzähligen Gläsern ein; […]
      So even the last gooseberries and raspberries and already early plums and peaches were plucked in the garden; in the kitchen the housekeeper canned all this large amount of fruits and vegetables in countless jars; […]
  4. (amount of liquid) glass

Usage notes[edit]

The normal plural is Gläser. The unchanged plural Glas is often used after numerals when referring to a quantity of drinks someone has drunk (or served etc.): Mein Vater trinkt jeden Abend fünf Glas Bier. – My father has five glasses of beer every night. However, this is not obligatory and Gläser may just as well be used in this context.


Derived terms[edit]


Glas n (genitive Glases, plural Glasen)

  1. (nautical) time stamp for half an hour