Leute

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German liute, from Old High German liuti, also liudi, from Proto-West Germanic *liud(i), from Proto-Germanic *liudīz (people), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lewdʰ- (man, people).

Compare Dutch lieden, luden, luiden, Old Norse lýðir (people) (whence Icelandic lýður), Old Saxon liudi, Old English lēode (people), English lede (people), Gothic *𐌻𐌹𐌿𐌸𐍃 (*liuþs), Russian люди (ljudi), Bulgarian люде (ljude). More at leod.

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Noun[edit]

Leute m pl (diminutive Leutchen or Leutlein)

  1. people (several individual persons, a group of people in general, esp. of one kind or another), folk (folks), peeps (slang), guys (boys and/or girls)
    • 1754, Der Königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Paris Physische Abhandlungen, Zehnter Theil, welcher die Jahre 1733 und 1734 in sich hält. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von Wolf Balth. Adolph von Steinwehr, Breslau, p. 598:
      Gleich den andern Tag schicketen wir zween Leute mit der Post fort:
      Note: The work also has masculine zween Theile, zween Zoll, zween Beobachter, feminine zwo oder drey Linien, zwo neue Wahrheiten, neuter zwey Stücke, zwey kleine Glasfenster.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • A backformed singular Leut n (person) may be heard in colloquial speech. It is rare and usually humorous.

Noun[edit]

Leute

  1. nominative/accusative/genitive plural of Leut

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