Alter

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See also: alter and älter

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German alter, from Old High German altar.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (most of Germany, some of Austria) IPA(key): /ˈaltər/, [ˈʔältʰɐ], [ˈʔaltʰɐ], [ˈʔälta]
  • (Switzerland, some of Germany and Austria) IPA(key): /ˈaltər/, [ˈʔältər], [ˈʔɑltər]
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Noun[edit]

Alter n ‎(genitive Alters, plural Alter)

  1. age, old age
  2. antiquity
  3. epoch, age

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Noun[edit]

Alter m ‎(genitive Alten, plural Alte, feminine Alte)

  1. old man
  2. (slang, used in the vocative) dude

Usage notes[edit]

  • While the slang term started out as a way to refer to males, its usage is not uncommon among females. The term is in the process of shifting towards being used more as an exclamation, similar to dude in American English.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Alter n. The masculine gender, though existing dialectally in German, is probably triggered by French âge.

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Noun[edit]

Alter m (plural Alteren)

  1. age
  2. old age