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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪtaːk/ (standard)
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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪtax/ (northern Germany and parts of central Germany; chiefly colloquial)
  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪtaːx/ (parts of central Germany; chiefly colloquial)
  • Hyphenation: Mit‧tag

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German, from Old High German mittitac, compound of mitti- (see Mitte) and -tac (see Tag). Cognate to Dutch middag.


Mittag m (genitive Mittags, plural Mittage)

  1. noon, midday, late morning, early afternoon (roughly the time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m)
    Sie hat bis Mittag geschlafen.
    She slept until midday.
  2. (archaic) south
    • 1545, Martin Luther, Luther Bible, Exodus 26:18 (with KJV translation)
      Zwenzig ſollen ir ſtehen gegen dem mittag
      And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward.

(times of day) Tageszeit; Morgendämmerung, Morgen, Mittag, Nachmittag, Abenddämmerung, Abend, Nacht, Mitternacht (Category: de:Times of day)

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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened from Mittagessen.


Mittag n (genitive Mittags, plural Mittags)

  1. (somewhat informal) lunch
    Wann gibt's Mittag?
    When is lunch ready?