mateix

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal meteix, from Vulgar Latin *metipse, from Latin -met ipse by means of rebracketing. In constructions such as egomet ipse, temet ipsum, and nosmet ipsos, the suffix became perceived as being attached to ipse as ego metipse, te metipsum, and nos metipsos instead of to the preceding pronoun.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /məˈteʃ/ (Eastern Catalan)
  • IPA(key): /maˈtejʃ/, /maˈteʃ/ (Western Catalan)
  • Rhymes: -eʃ

Adjective[edit]

mateix m (feminine mateixa, masculine plural mateixos, feminine plural mateixes)

  1. Serves as an intensifier in the same manner that in English would be performed by the appropriate reflexive pronoun (myself, himself, themselves, etc. )
    Vostè mateix és responsable d'aquest desastre.
    You yourself are responsible for this disaster.
    El Sant Grial només pot ser tocat pels sants mateixos.
    The Holy Grail may only be touched by the saints themselves.

Usage notes[edit]

As an adjective, mateix is placed after the noun it modifies.

Determiner[edit]

mateix m (feminine mateixa, masculine plural mateixos, feminine plural mateixes)

  1. Same (identical)
  2. Same (similar)
  3. (between a possessive pronoun and a noun) Own
    El seu mateix pare no va creure el seu relat.
    Her own father did not believe her tale.

Usage notes[edit]

As a determiner, mateix is placed before the noun it modifies.

Derived terms[edit]