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From Middle High German vriunt, from Old High German friunt, from Proto-Germanic *frijōndz (lover, friend), from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (to like, love). Compare Low German Fründ, Dutch vriend, West Frisian freon, English friend, Danish frænde, Faroese frændi, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽𐌳𐍃 (frijōnds), Icelandic frændi, Norwegian Bokmål frende, Norwegian Nynorsk frende, Old Norse frændi, Swedish frände.


  • IPA(key): /fʀɔɪ̯nt/, [fʁɔʏnt]
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Freund m (genitive Freundes or Freunds, plural Freunde, feminine Freundin)

  1. friend
    Lass uns Freunde bleiben.
    Let’s stay friends.
  2. boyfriend
    Hast du einen Freund?
    Do you have a boyfriend?

Usage notes[edit]

  • Freund (and Freundin) may refer to either a platonic friend or a romantic partner. When used in the singular with a possessive (mein Freund, ihr Freund, etc.), the word usually has a romantic implication, unless the context suggests otherwise.
  • Most derived terms, such as befreundet or Freundschaft, are restricted to the platonic sense, however.


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