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See also: luke, lûke, and lǚkè


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English form of Latin Lucas, from Koine Greek Λουκᾶς (Loukâs), derivation meaning "the great Lucius" or shortened form of Latin Lucius ("the bright one" or "the one born at dawn"). The commonly seen derivation / explanation of Λουκᾶς (Loukâs) as "man from Lucania" is not supported by reliable sources.


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. A patronymic surname​.

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From Middle Low German lūke. Immediately cognate with Dutch luik (hatch). Pertaining to German Loch (hole) and Lücke (gap).


  • IPA(key): /ˈluːkə/
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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