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 *h₁lewdʰ- (man, people). Compare Dutch lieden/luden/luiden "people", 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.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Leut (colloquial or poetic)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Leute (plural only, diminutive Leutchen or Leutlein)

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

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

Noun 2[edit]

Leute

  1. plural of Leut