kell

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Compare caul.

Noun[edit]

kell (plural kells)

  1. (obsolete) The caul.
  2. (obsolete, figuratively) That which covers or envelops, like a caul; a net; a fold; a film.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      I'll have him cut to the kell.
  3. (obsolete) The cocoon or chrysalis of an insect.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

kell (plural kells)

  1. A kiln.

Etymology 3[edit]

A modification of kale.

Noun[edit]

kell (uncountable)

  1. A sort of pottage; kale.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Breton[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *kalljo- (testicle) (compare Cornish kell, Welsh caill).

Noun[edit]

kell f (dual divgell, plural kelloù)

  1. testicle

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin cella (compare Old Irish cell).

Noun[edit]

kell f

  1. cell (of prisoner, monk):

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Swedish skälla.

Noun[edit]

kell (genitive kella, partitive kella)

  1. clock
  2. bell

Declension[edit]


Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɛlː/ (It is important to pronounce it with a long l, otherwise it will sound like kel (to rise; savoy).)
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

kell

  1. the verb used to express need or having to do something
    Ezt látnod kell. - You have to / need to / must see it.
  2. be needed
    Kell nekem az a ház. - I need that house.

Conjugation[edit]

Derived terms[edit]


Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From kien (he was) + l- (to)

Verb[edit]

kellu (imperfect ikoll)

  1. he had (possession; functional past of għand)
  2. he had to (obligation (with following verb))

Inflection[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The inflection of this verbal form is akin to a defective verb (in the third person singular) followed by object pronoun affixes.
When referring to possession, the inflected form is followed by a noun:
Kellni ktieb -- I had a book
When meaning "had to", each inflected form is followed by a corresponding conjugated form of the sense verb in the imperfective:
Kellna niġu -- We had to go

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