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Etymology 1[edit]

The same word as Mal (time), from Middle High German māl, from Old High German māl, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą. The sense “meal” developed from “mealtime” as also in cognate English meal. Further cognate with Dutch maal, Danish mål (goal).

The orthographic distinction from Mal began in Early Modern German, probably in part under influence of etymology 2 below, which was then becoming obsolete. Later grammarians, at any rate, were in doubt about which of the two was the origin of the word for “meal”.


Mahl n (genitive Mahls or Mahles, plural Mähler or Mahle)

  1. (solemn) meal, repast
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle High German mahel, from Old High German mahal, from Proto-Germanic *maþlą, *mahlą. Cognate with Danish mål (language), Icelandic mál.


Mahl n (genitive Mahls or Mahles, plural Mahle)

  1. (obsolete) a public assembly or council, especially for judicial purposes
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Further reading[edit]

  • Mahl” in Duden online