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See also: amt and AMT


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From Middle High German ambahte, ambehte, ambet, ammet, ampt, ambt, amt, from Old High German ambahti, ambaht, from Proto-Germanic *ambahtaz, from Gaulish ambaxtos, from Proto-Celtic *ambaxtos. The Middle High German contracted form ambet developed quite regularly, via also attested ammet or ambt, into modern German Amt. Cognate with Dutch ambacht and ambt. Cognate to ambassador.


  • IPA(key): /amt/, [amt], [ampt]
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Amt n (genitive Amts or Amtes, plural Ämter)

  1. agency; department; office (state institution responsible for specified concerns)
  2. office; post (public function, e.g. of a civil servant)
  3. (Roman Catholicism, chiefly in compounds) mass; office
  4. (now Switzerland, Germany historical) administrative unit (of a country); district


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Further reading[edit]

  • Amt” in Duden online