Albtraum

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Alptraum (standard spelling until 1996; still correct, but disfavoured and becoming less common)

Etymology[edit]

Alb +‎ Traum, because nightmares in some forms of German folklore are thought to be caused by an elf sitting on one's chest while one slept.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈalptʁaʊ̯m/
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Noun[edit]

Albtraum m (genitive Albtraums or Albtraumes, plural Albträume)

  1. nightmare
    Er leidet an schweren Albträumen.
    He suffers from severe nightmares.
    Synonym: Albdruck

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