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See also: ente, enté, énte, and -ente



From Middle High German ente alongside ant, from Old High German enita alongside anut, from Proto-West Germanic *anad. Compare Dutch eend.

The sense “canard” is a calque of French canard.


  • 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. (typically) mallard; by far the most common duck species in the area, thought of as the duck per se
  3. (informal nickname) Citroën 2CV
  4. (medicine) urinal (vessel for holding urine)
  5. (journalism) canard (false or misleading report)
    Synonyms: Falschmeldung, Zeitungsente


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Further reading[edit]

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