veld

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From obsolete Dutch veldt (field) (now veld), from Proto-Germanic *fulþuz, *felþą. Doublette with English field.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /vɛlt/, /vɛld/, /fɛlt/

Noun[edit]

veld (plural velds)

  1. The open pasture land or grassland of South Africa.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 79:
      Pale yellow and greyish brown, the bare veld of late summer lay flat and listless under the drab sky.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 11:
      From an early age, I spent most of my free time in the veld playing and fighting with the other boys of the village.
    • 2007 January 14, Caroline Elkins, “A Life Exposed”:
      For Holmes, Baartman’s journey as an object of European curiosity and African exploitation began on the veld of South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch velt, from Old Dutch feld, felt, from Proto-Germanic *felþą, from Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂-. Cognates include West Frisian fjild, English field and German Feld.[1]

Noun[edit]

veld n (plural velden, diminutive veldje n)

  1. field

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References[edit]

  1. ^ veld; in: J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)