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16th century, from Middle French corage, courage. In the dialects often Germanised; compare Alemannic German Karäschi. The standard form remains under the influence of modern French.


  • IPA(key): /kuˈraːʒə/, [kuˈʁaːʒə], [kʊ-]
  • IPA(key): /kuˈraːʃə/ (some southern speakers)
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  • Rhymes: -aːʒə


Courage f (genitive Courage, no plural)

  1. courage, guts, initiative
    Synonyms: Mut, Schneid, Beherztheit, Entschlossenheit, Initiative
  2. (obsolete, 17th-century military slang) vulva; vagina

Usage notes[edit]

  • The German word is rarely used of situations where someone puts themself in actual danger (for which Mut), but rather in the context of daring to speak out, to take a chance, etc.

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