leitis

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Etymology[edit]

From *leit- (related to Latin lītus < *leitos), from Proto-Baltic *lei-, *lie- with an extra -t, from Proto-Indo-European *ley-, *lī- (to pour, to flow, to drip). The stem was perhaps originally a reference to people from the "land of the rain" or "land of the rivers." It is also possible that there was an original river or lake name *Leitā, from which *leitā-tyā, *leityā > leiša, from which the nominative leitis could be derived.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

leitis m (2nd declension, feminine form: leitiete)

  1. a (male) Lithuanian
    strādnieki... kalpi, vai tie būtu vācieši, leiši, krievi, ebreji, mums draugi — workers... servants, be they Germans, Lithuanians, Russians, Jews, are friends to us
  2. (genitive plural): Lithuanian, pertaining to Lithuania and its people
    leišu valoda — the Lithuanian language
    Aspazija pieraksta leišu sakāmvardus un mīklas — Aspazija recorded Lithuanian proverbs and riddles

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Usage notes[edit]

The basic, neutral term is lietuvietis. The words leitis and lietuvis are synonyms, but are much less often used, usually poetically, or in historical contexts (referring to ancient Lithuanians).

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References[edit]

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