Dorf

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German dorf, from Old High German dorf, from Proto-Germanic *þurpą, akin to Old Saxon thorp. Compare English troop and archaic English thorp.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɔrf/, [dɔɐ̯f], [dɔrf]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔʁf

Noun[edit]

Dorf n (genitive Dorfes or Dorfs, plural Dörfer, diminutive Dörfchen n or Dörflein n)

  1. village (rural habitation of size between a hamlet and a town)
    • 1903, Fanny zu Reventlow, Ellen Olestjerne, in Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow: Gesammelte Werke, Albert Langen, page 551:
      Vor ihnen lag das Dorf mit seinen Strohdächern und dem niedrigen, stumpfen Kirchturm.
      In front of them was the village with its thatched roofs and the small, flat church steeple.
  2. (figuratively) backwater (remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.)

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Further reading[edit]

  • Dorf in Duden online