Leute

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Leut (colloquial or poetic)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German liute, from Old High German liuti, also liudi, 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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Leute pl (diminutive Leutchen n or Leutlein n)

  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)

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

Noun 2[edit]

Leute

  1. plural of Leut