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From Middle High German küninc, from Old High German kuning, from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz.

The Luxembourgish form does not continue the southern Middle High German variant künic (inflected künige), which is due to dissimilation. Rather, the -ek represents a general denasalisation of Middle High German -inc in final unstressed position. Compare Éislek and German Ösling (Oesling, a region in northern Luxembourg). The feminine Kinnigin was influenced by German Königin.



Kinnek m (plural Kinneken, feminine Kinnigin)

  1. king
  2. (chess) king

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Chess pieces in Luxembourgish · Schachfiguren (Schach + Figuren) (layout · text)
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Kinnek Damm Tuerm Leefer Sprénger Bauer