Nacht

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German nacht, from Old High German naht, from Proto-Germanic *nahts, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts. Akin to Dutch nacht, English night, Danish nat, Gothic 𐌽𐌰𐌷𐍄𐍃 (nahts).

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Noun[edit]

Nacht f (genitive Nacht, plural Nächte)

  1. night
    Die Nacht war lang und frostig.
    The night was long and chilly.
  2. darkness
    Sie wurden von der Nacht verschlungen.
    They were engulfed by the darkness (of the night).

Usage notes[edit]

In contemporary German, Nacht is used somewhat differently than English night. Although Nacht can be a general term for the dark hours of the day, when used as a time measurement it refers only to those hours when most ordinary people are in bed (roughly 11 p.m. till 6 a.m.). So while one says in English: "Let's have a beer tonight!", in German one needs to say: "Lass uns heute Abend ein Bier trinken!"

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Noun[edit]

Nacht f

  1. night