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See also: ente, enté, énte, and -ente



From Middle High German ente, confluence of (1.) the plural and oblique singular of ant and (2.) the Old High German variant enita, both from older anut, from Proto-West Germanic *anad. Cognate with Dutch eend, dialectal English ennet.

The sense “canard” (mid-19th c.) is a calque of French canard, but also ties in with the expression blaue Enten (“lies, humbug”, literally “blue ducks”, since 15th c.).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛntə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛntə
  • Hyphenation: En‧te


Ente f (genitive Ente, plural Enten, diminutive Entchen n or Entlein n)

  1. duck (aquatic bird of the family Anatidae)
  2. (especially) mallard; the commonest duck species in the area, thought of as the duck per se
  3. (informal) Citroën 2CV
  4. (medicine) urinal (vessel for holding urine)
  5. (journalism) canard (false or misleading report)
    Synonyms: Falschmeldung, Zeitungsente
    einer Ente aufsitzen(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    • 2022 December 22, Thomas Abeltshauser, “Balzac-Verfilmung „Verlorene Illusionen“: Als Fake News noch Enten waren”, in Die Tageszeitung: taz[1], →ISSN:
      Fake News etwa, die hier noch klassisch „Enten“ heißen, auch dafür gibt es eine Erklärung.
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)


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Further reading[edit]

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




  1. plural of Ent