mál

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Faroese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *maþlą.

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive singular máls, plural mál)

  1. language
  2. speech
  3. talk
  4. matter
  5. (law) cause
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n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mál málið mál málini
Accusative mál málið mál málini
Dative máli málinum málum málunum
Genitive máls málsins mála málanna
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą, whence also English meal. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *me- (to measure).

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive singular máls, plural mál)

  1. measurement, size
Declension[edit]
n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mál málið mál málini
Accusative mál málið mál málini
Dative máli málinum málum málunum
Genitive máls málsins mála málanna
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Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *maþlą.

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive singular máls, nominative plural mál)

  1. language
  2. speech
  3. matter, affair
  4. (law) cause
  5. (informal) a big deal
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą, whence also English meal. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *me- (to measure).

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive singular máls, nominative plural mál)

  1. measurements, a size, dimensions
  2. a system of measurement
  3. the appropriate time for something
    Er ekki mál að fara?
    Isn't it time to go?
  4. a meal, mealtime
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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *maþlą, whence also Old Saxon mahal, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌸𐌻 (maþl).

Noun[edit]

mál n

  1. language
  2. speech
  3. matter, affair
  4. (law) cause
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mēlą (measure, time, occassion), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *me- (to measure). Cognate with Old English mǣl, Old Frisian mēl, Old Saxon māl, Old High German māl, Gothic 𐌼𐌴𐌻 (mēl, time, hour).

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive máls, plural mál)

  1. measurement, size
  2. time
  3. meal, mealtime
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Etymology 3[edit]

From the same Germanic source as Old Saxon māl and Gothic 𐌼𐌴𐌻 (mēl), used by Ulfilas to translate Ancient Greek γραφή (graphḗ) and γράμμα (grámma). Related to Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 (maljan) (translating γράφω (gráphō, draw, write)) and German malen (to paint).

Noun[edit]

mál n

  1. a work of art inlaid in metal, especially on weapons