lounas

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Finnish[edit]

(index lo)

Etymology[edit]

From *lowna ("day, midday"). Cognates include Karelian lounat (evening/main meal), Veps louna, Votic lõunaz (south, lunch), Estonian lõuna (south, lunch), and Udmurt lun (lun). Permic cognates have the meaning "day", whereas Baltic-Finnic cognates denote the direction where the Sun is at midday or the meal eaten at midday.

The compass point meaning was clarified in the 19th century; in earlier text and dialects lounas may mean either south, southwest or southeast.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈlo̞unɑs]
  • Hyphenation: lou‧nas

Noun[edit]

lounas

  1. southwest
  2. lunch

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Usage notes[edit]

This word is a false friend of Estonian lõuna (south).

Related terms[edit]

Cardinal Directions

luode pohjoinen koillinen
länsi Compass rose simple plain.svg itä
lounas etelä kaakko

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Häkkinen, Kaisa (2004). Nykysuomen etymologinen sanakirja. Juva: WSOY. ISBN 951-0-27108-X.

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