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From Middle High German vlügel, from Old High German *flugil, from Proto-Germanic *flugilaz. Cognate with Yiddish פֿליגל(fligl), Dutch vleugel, Middle Low German vlȫgel.

The use for the grand piano (18th c.) is due to the similarity in form to a bird’s wing.


  • IPA(key): /ˈflyːɡəl/, [ˈflyːɡl̩], [-ɡəl]
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  • Hyphenation: Flü‧gel


Flügel m (strong, genitive Flügels, plural Flügel, diminutive Flügelchen n or Flüglein n)

  1. wing (of a bird, airplane, etc.)
  2. wing (of a door, window, windmill, etc.)
  3. wing (lateral part, especially of a building)
  4. (music) grand piano
    • 1931, Arthur Schnitzler, Flucht in die Finsternis, S. Fischer Verlag, page 14:
      Er begab sich ins Klavierzimmer, griff ein paar Akkorde auf dem verstimmten Flügel, verließ aber bald wieder den Raum, [...]
      He went to the piano room, struck a few chords on the out-of-tune grand piano, but soon left the room again, [...]
  5. (chiefly as Flügelchen) Short for Schwimmflügel (water wing, armband, swimmy).



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  • Esperanto: flugilo

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