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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A short form of given names such as Mallory, Malcolm etc.




Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German māl, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą. See also Mahl, from the same source.


Mal n (genitive Mals or Males, plural Male or Mal)

  1. time (as in the first time; many times)
  2. occasion
Usage notes[edit]
  • The unchanged plural (without -e) is obligatory after numerals. These combinations are always written as one word: einmal (once), zweimal (twice), dreimal (three times), hundertmal (a hundred times), and so on.
  • The unchanged plural may or may not be used after alle (all) and beide (both). These combinations are written as separate words according to the new spelling. Thus: alle Mal or alle Male (“all times, each time”); beide Mal or beide Male (“both times”). Older spelling, however, had beidemal and allemal for the endingless variants.
  • Nota bene: The word allemal does still exist in contemporary spelling, but is distinct from alle Mal as above. It is an adverb meaning “at any rate”, and sometimes “always”.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old High German meil.


Mal n (genitive Mals or Males, plural Male or Mäler)

  1. mark, sign
  2. mole (on skin)
Usage notes[edit]

The plural form Mäler is less common.