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From Middle High German metziger, metzigære, variants of metzjer, metzjære, from Old High German meziāri, mezziāri (butcher), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a variant of Old High German mezalāri, mezzilāri (merchant, moneychanger, butcher), from Latin macellārius (meat trader).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛtsɡɐ/
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Metzger m (strong, genitive Metzgers, plural Metzger, feminine Metzgerin)

  1. (regional, chiefly western Germany, Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland) butcher (male or of unspecified gender)
    Synonyms: Fleischer, Fleischhacker, Fleischhauer, Schlachter

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is the most common term for this profession in the German language area, albeit not the preferred one in government and other official contexts in Germany.


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Further reading[edit]

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