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From Middle High German dierne (girl; servant), from Old High German diorna, thiorna (girl; servant), from Proto-Germanic *þewernǭ, *þewernō (maid, servant girl), from Proto-Indo-European *tekw- (to run, flow). The sense “prostitute” developed from the use for a “girl from the lower classes”. It is first attested in the 15th century.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪrnə/, [ˈdɪʁnə], [ˈdɪɐ̯nə], [ˈdɪrnə]
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Dirne f (genitive Dirne, plural Dirnen)

  1. (derogatory, dated, also biblical) whore (prostitute or sexually unreserved woman)
    Synonyms: Buhldirne, Hure, Lustdirne, Nutte
    Hyponym: Straßendirne
  2. (archaic or dialectal) girl; lass

Usage notes[edit]

  • The older sense “girl” is now chiefly restricted to dialectal cognate forms. Northern German Deern and Bavarian Dirndl are widely understood, though not commonly used outside of their traditional areas.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Dirne in Duden online
  • Dirne” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache