kareivis

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Kareivis
Sardzes kareivis

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Lithuanian kareĩvis, introduced into Latvian by J. Alunāns. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it meant mostly “warrior” (like German Krieger), after which it became increasingly used in the sense of “soldier” (previously expressed only by the Germanism zaldāts).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kareivis m (2nd declension)

  1. soldier, private (the first (lowest) rank in the army; a soldier of this rank)
    sardzes kareiviswatch (lit. watch soldier)
    kareivja formas tērpssoldier's uniform
  2. soldier, warrior in general
    diženais kareivis aizauļo zirgā — the great warrior galloped away on a horse
  3. (figuratively) soldier, fighter (for a cause, ideal, etc.)
    mākslas kritiķis ir kareivis, kas cīnās par mākslas progresu — the art critic is a soldier who fights for the progress of art

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References[edit]

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