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Alternative forms[edit]


  • (Standard, Germany) IPA(key): /kaˈraktər/, [kʰäˈʁäktʰɐ]
  • (Standard, Germany) IPA(key): /karakˈtɛr/, [kʰäʁäkˈtʰɛɐ̯] (sometimes for noun 2)
  • (northern Germany) IPA(key): [kʰaʁaktʰ(e)ə̯], [kʰæɾæktʰɛə̯] (standard, conservative)
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From Latin character, from Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ (kharaktḗr, type, nature, character), from χαράσσω (kharássō, I engrave).


Charakter m (genitive Charakters, plural Charaktere or Charakter)

  1. character; the totality of someone's personal qualities
  2. character, characteristic feature or nature of a thing, place, or people
    der Charakter der Stadt(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    der Charakter des Volkes(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    der nationale Charakter(please add an English translation of this usage example)
  3. (becoming dated) character, symbol, written glyph
    • 1979, Eduard Mörike, Maler Nolten, chapter 5:
      Er zog ein mit sonderbaren Charakteren geschriebenes Heft hervor, []
  4. (dated, possibly archaic) title, rank

Usage ntoes[edit]

  • The usual plural is Charaktere with the stress switching to the penultima. The regularised unchanged plural is occasionally seen and heard.

Derived terms[edit]


Charakter m (genitive Charakters, plural Charaktere)

  1. a character; role/figure in a theatrical play, video game etc., which has a noticeable character (set of personal qualities)


Further reading[edit]



Charakter m (plural Charakteren)

  1. character