Dirne

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪʁnə/, [ˈdɪʁnə], [ˈdɪɐ̯nə]

Noun[edit]

Dirne f ‎(genitive Dirne, plural Dirnen)

  1. (derogatory, dated, also biblical) whore (prostitute or sexually unreserved woman)
  2. (archaic or dialectal) girl; lass

Usage notes[edit]

  • The older sense “girl; lass” is now 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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External links[edit]

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