Leute

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German liutī, also liudī, from Proto-Germanic *liudīz ‎(people), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lewədh- ‎(man, people). Compare Dutch lieden ‎(people), Old Norse lýðir ‎(people) (whence Icelandic lýður), Old Saxon liudi, Old English lēode ‎(people), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐌸𐍃 ‎(liuþs), Russian люди ‎(ljudi), Bulgarian люде ‎(ljude). More at leod.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Leut (colloquial or poetic)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Leute (plural only, diminutive Leutchen)

  1. people (several single persons or humanity in general)

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • A backformed singular der or das Leut, meaning “a person”, may be heard in colloquial speech. It is rare and usually humorous.

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