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See also: luke, lûke, and lǚkè


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From Latin Lūcās, from Koine Greek Λουκᾶς (Loukâs). See the Greek entry for more.


  • IPA(key): /luːk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːk
  • Homophone: look (Scotland, Northern Ireland, some of Northern England)

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name
    • 2005, Dallas Hudgens, Drive Like Hell, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 94:
      "Your parents like Cool Hand Luke, yes?" "I don't really know. Why?" "Why? Because they name you Luke." I was worried I might have to explain that my name wasn't all that uncommon, and, anyway, Claudia had named me after the alter ego of Hank Williams, Luke the Drifter.
  2. Luke the Evangelist, an early Christian credited with the authorship of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. Luke, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the third of the four gospels.
  4. An English surname originating as a patronymic, a variant of Luck.
  5. An Irish surname originating as a patronymic, a later anglicization of Lúcás (Lucas).
  6. A village in Čajniče, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  7. A village in Hadžići, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  8. A village in Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  9. A village in Tartu, Estonia.
  10. A village in Kriva Palanka, North Macedonia.
  11. A village in Moravica district, Serbia.
  12. A town in Maryland, United States; named for papermaker William Luke.

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Borrowed from Low German, from Middle Low German lūke, from Old Saxon lūkan (to close). Cognate with Dutch luik (hatch) and more distantly with German Loch (hole) and Lücke (gap).



Luke f (genitive Luke, plural Luken)

  1. hatch (opening in the ceiling/floor of a room, in the deck of a ship, etc.)
    Die Luke zum Dachboden klemmt.The hatch to the attic is jammed.
    Der Kapitän öffnete die Luke und sah nach draußen.The captain opened the hatch and looked outside.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Luke” in Duden online
  • Luke” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache