latvietis

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Latvian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From latvis (Latvian) +‎ -ietis. This term had in principle replaced latvis as the autodenomication of the Latvians already in the 19th century, but the latter was reintroduced via poetry and continues to exist as a poetic term.[1]

Noun[edit]

latvietis m (2nd declension, feminine form: latviete)

  1. a (male) Latvian, a Lett
  2. (genitive plural): Latvian, pertaining to Latvia and its people
    latviešu valoda — the Latvian language

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Usage notes[edit]

The word latvis is a synonym of latvietis, but it is less frequently used, and more often than not refers to ancient Latvians, or Latvians as an ethnic group.

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References[edit]

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