jauneklis

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From jauns (new, young) +‎ -eklis. Originally probably *jauniklis, with i > e probably under the influence of words like māceklis (apprentice). The original meaning was probably wider, including young animals (as is still the case in some dialects).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

(file)

Noun[edit]

jauneklis m (2nd declension)

  1. unmarried young man
    deviņpadsmit gadus vecs būdams, viņš nebija nedz labāks, nedz sliktāks par lielāko daļu no mūsu jaunekļiem — being nineteen years old, he was neither better nor worse than most of our young men
    pusaudži kļuva par jaunekļiem, jaunekļi nobrieda par vīriem... dzīvības koks suloja mūžam zaļš — adolescents become young men, young men mature into men... the tree of life exuding always green (juice)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “jauneklis” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7