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From German Aare, probably from a Celtic language.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A river in Switzerland, flowing 292 km from the glaciers of the Bernese Alps into the Rhine at Koblenz, on the Swiss–German border.
  2. A river in Germany that flows 50 km from the Taunus in Hesse into the Lahn at Diez, Rhineland-Palatinate.
  3. A tributary in Hesse, Germany of the Dill river, itself a tributary of the Lahn.


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Proper noun[edit]

Aar f

  1. the Aar river




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  • IPA(key): /aːɐ̯/
  • Rhymes: -aːɐ̯

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German ar, arn, from Old High German aro, arn, from Proto-West Germanic *arō, from Proto-Germanic *arô.


Aar m (strong or weak, genitive Aares or Aars or Aaren, plural Aare or Aaren)

  1. (poetic, formal or dated) eagle
    Synonym: Adler
    • 1864, Franz Pfeiffer, Deutsche Classiker des Mittelalters, Erster Band: Walther von der Vogelweide, page 245:
      Er habe zwiefache Kaiserstärke: des Aares Milde und des Löwen Kraft: diesen zweien vermöge nichts zu widerstehen.
      He has twofold strengths as Kaiser: the eagle's clemency and the lion's power: nothing should be able to resist these two.
    • 1869, Ferdinand Freiligrath, Pibroch of Donald Dhu, in his Gedichte, page 315:
      Feder des Aaren!
      Feather of the eagle!
    • 1808, Heinrich von Kleist († 1811), Die Herrmannschlacht. Ein Drama, a drama, in: 1870, H. v. Kleists Werke. Kritisch durchgesehene Ausgabe. Erster Band, edited by Heinrich Kurz, page 281:
      [...] der Habicht rupft / Die Brut des Aars [...]
      the hawk fleeces / the eagle's brood

Etymology 2[edit]

Attested as Late Latin Arola, Arula in the 7th century, from a pre-Indo-European hydronym *ar- (watercourse), also present in several other Old European hydronymy names such as Ahr in Rhineland, Ar in Meurthe-et-Moselle, l'Arc in both Savoie and Bouches-du-Rhône, Hérault (Occitan Erau) in Hérault, Arre in Gard, etc.

Proper noun[edit]

die Aar f (proper noun, usually definite, definite genitive der Aar)

  1. A tributary of the Rhine in Switzerland
  2. A left tributary of the Lahn in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, Germany
  3. A left tributary of the Dill in Hesse, Germany
  4. A branch of the Ill, Bas-Rhin department, France
  5. A left tributary of the Twiste, Hesse, Germany


  • Chronicle of Fredegar, leaflet 130
  • Kristol, Andres; Cattin, Florence; Meroni, Barbara; Schmid, Gabrielle, eds. (2005). "Aarau AG (Aarau)" [Encyclopedia of the Swiss municipality of LSG: Dictionnaire de toponymique scommunes Suisses DTS / Dizionario dei comuni toponomastico svizzeri DTS]. Lexikon der schweizerischen Gemeindenamen LSG: Dictionnaire toponymique de scommunes suisses DTS /Dizionario toponomastico dei comuni svizzeri DTS (in German) (1st ed.). Stuttgart, Germany: Huber Frauenfeld

Further reading[edit]

  • Aar” in Duden online
  • Aar” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Friedrich Kluge (1883) “Aar”, in John Francis Davis, transl., Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, published 1891