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See also: lui, Lui, luí, luì, and lu'i



From earlier luide or luiden, cognate with German Leute.



-lui pl

  1. Alternative plural form of Dutch words suffixed with -man or -vrouw. Only used in the spoken language, replaced by -lieden in the formal language.

Derived terms[edit]

  • sportman 'sportsman' → sportlui 'athletes'
  • brandweerman 'fireman' → brandweerlui 'firefighters'


Alternative forms[edit]

  • -ului (for masculine and neuter nouns that do not end in a vowel other than -i)


From Latin illī, dative common singular of ille (through Vulgar Latin *illūi) or from illīus in the case of the use as a genitive.



-lui m/n

  1. (definite article) the (masculine/neuter singular, genitive and dative)

Usage notes[edit]

This form of the definite article is used for both masculine and neuter nouns in the genitive and dative cases which end in a vowel (including -e, but not -i):

The suffix is also used with masculine and neuter singular adjectives in the genitive and dative cases to make the articulated definite form, often for emphasis, and it is used before the noun it modifies.

Related terms[edit]

  • -l (masculine/neuter singular nominative and accusative)
  • -a (feminine singular nominative and accusative)
  • -i (masculine/neuter plural nominative and accusative)
  • -le (feminine plural nominative and accusative)
  • -ei (feminine singular genitive and dative)
  • -lor (plural genitive and dative)

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