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Haplologized from Beamteter, substantivization of beamtet, past participle of beamten (to put into office).


  • IPA(key): /bəˈʔamtɐ/ (Germany, most areas)
  • IPA(key): /bəˈʔamtər/ (Switzerland, some speakers of southern Germany and Austria)
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  • Hyphenation: Be‧am‧ter


Beamter m (genitive Beamten, plural Beamte, feminine Beamtin)

  1. officer, civil servant, public servant (male or of unspecified sex)

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Although it is no longer a direct nominalization of beamtet, Beamter is still declined like a masculine nominalized adjective when dealing with male civil servants, civil servants of unknown gender, or, in the plural, mixed groups of civil servants. However, a female civil servant in modern official German is a Beamtin, not a Beamte, and that word is declined like a standard feminine noun.


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