Donau

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Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Donau

  1. Danube (a river in Europe; flowing 2850 km from the confluence of the Breg and Brigach at Donaueschingen, Germany, into the Black Sea in Romania)

Dutch[edit]

The river Donau, the Danube

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Donau. The Middle Dutch name was denouwe.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdoːnɑu̯/
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  • Hyphenation: Do‧nau

Proper noun[edit]

Donau f

  1. Danube (a river in Europe; flowing 2850 km from the confluence of the Breg and Brigach at Donaueschingen, Germany, into the Black Sea in Romania) [from 17th c.]

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Attested in this form at least since 1544. From earlier Donaw (since 1530s, D under Low German influence), from earlier Tonaw (since late 15th c., o possibly also under Low German influence), from Middle High German Tuonawe, perhaps under Slavic influence from earlier Tuonowe, Tuonow, from Old High German Tuonouwa, from something like Proto-West Germanic *Dōnauwju (cf. Middle Low German Dônouwe, Dônouw), from Proto-Germanic *Dōnawjaz paretymologically attracted to *auwju (floodplain, meadow), from Proto-Celtic *Dānowyos, an extended form of the river-name *Dānu, from Proto-Indo-European *déh₂nu (river goddess), akin to *dʰenh₂- (to set in motion; to flow).

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Proper noun[edit]

die Donau f (proper noun, usually definite, definite genitive der Donau)

  1. Danube (a river in Europe; flowing 2850 km from the confluence of the Breg and Brigach at Donaueschingen, Germany, into the Black Sea in Romania)
    • 1544, Lorenz Fries, Historie, Nahmen, Geschlecht, Wesen, Thaten, gantz Leben und Sterben der gewesenen Bischoffen zu Wirtzburg und Hertzogen zu Francken:
      Aposteln nach der länge anzeigen; fiengan den christlichen glauben von dem jüdischen land aus allenthalben in die heydenschafft durch das römische Reich biß an die Donau, das ist, in den landen, die den Römern oder damahls ihren Kaysern unterworffen waren, zu predigen.
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Chinese: 多瑙 (Duōnǎo)
  • Danish: Donau
  • Dutch: Donau
  • Icelandic: Dóná
  • Japanese: ドナウ (Donau)
  • Low German: Donau
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Donau
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Donau
  • Swedish: Donau

Further reading[edit]

  • Donau” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Donau” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Donau” in Duden online
  • Donau on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Proper noun[edit]

Donau

  1. Danube (a river in Europe; flowing 2850 km from the confluence of the Breg and Brigach at Donaueschingen, Germany, into the Black Sea in Romania)

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Proper noun[edit]

Donau

  1. Danube (a river in Europe; flowing 2850 km from the confluence of the Breg and Brigach at Donaueschingen, Germany, into the Black Sea in Romania)

Swedish[edit]

Swedish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia sv

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Donau c

  1. Danube (a river in Europe; flowing 2850 km from the confluence of the Breg and Brigach at Donaueschingen, Germany, into the Black Sea in Romania)