kunnia

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Proto-Germanic *kunją. The meaning changed from “family, clan” to “noble family, family honour” and finally to “honour”. See kön.

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kunnia

  1. honor, honour (respect, favourable reputation; dignity; sense of self-worth)
    Hänen kunniansa on kyseessä.
    His honour is at stake.
  2. glory (honour and valour)
  3. honour (privilege)
    Minulla oli kunnia istua suurlähettilään vieressä.
    I had the honour of sitting next to the ambassador.
  4. credit, honour (recognition and respect)
    Minä tein työn, mutta hän otti kunnian.
    I did the work but he took the credit.
    Minulla on lahja sinulle tämän päivän kunniaksi.
    I have a gift for you in honour of this day.

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