Fahne

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German[edit]

Die deutsche Fahne vor dem Reichstag in Berlin.
The German flag in front of the Reichstag in Berlin.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German vane / van, from Old High German fano, from Proto-Germanic *fanô ‎(cloth, flag), from Proto-Indo-European *pān- ‎(fabric).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈfaːnə]
  • Fah·ne, plural: Fah·nen
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Fahne f ‎(genitive Fahne, plural Fahnen, diminutive Fähnchen n or Fähnlein n)

  1. a flag; a banner (any cloth or fabric used as a symbol)
  2. an idea, an ideal
  3. the noticeable smell of alcohol on one's breath

Usage notes[edit]

  • Flags of nations or ships are more commonly called Flagge, but Fahne (being the more general term) is also possible.

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