-lein

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See also: lein, Lein, and LEIN

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German -elīn, from Old High German -ilī(n). In modern Standard German it is less common than, and often replaced by, -chen.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-lein

  1. suffix used to create a diminutive form; e.g., KindKindlein

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “-lein” in: Friedrich Kluge, “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” , 22. Auflage, 1989, bearbeitet von Elmar Seebold, ISBN 3-11-006800-1

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