- IPA(key): [ˈmɛːtçən] (standard)
- IPA(key): [ˈmeːtçən] (chiefly northern and eastern Germany)
Mädchen n (genitive Mädchens, plural Mädchen)
The word is of neuter gender because it is originally a diminutive. In the standard language, only neuter pronouns are generally used with it: Das Mädchen, das eben hier war, hat seine Tasche vergessen. – "The girl who has just been here, forgot her purse." Colloquially, feminine pronouns are often used, although usually not in the same sentence, but in following sentences: Siehst du das Mädchen, das da steht? Kennst du die? – "Do you see the girl who [neuter] is standing there? Do you know her [feminine]?"
- Mädel n (colloquial; dated in standard usage)