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

Etymology 1[edit]

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


Mittag m (strong, genitive Mittags or Mittages, plural Mittage)

  1. noon, midday, late morning, early afternoon (time from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m)
    Sie hat bis Mittag geschlafen.
    She slept until midday.
  2. (archaic) south (compass point representing 180°)
    • 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.
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(times of day) Tageszeit; Morgendämmerung, Morgen, Vormittag, Mittag, Nachmittag (Frühnachmittag, Spätnachmittag), Abenddämmerung, Abend, Nacht, Mitternacht (Category: de:Times of day)

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened from Mittagessen.


Mittag n (strong, genitive Mittags or Mittages, no plural)

  1. (somewhat informal) lunch (light meal eaten around midday)
    Wann gibt's Mittag?
    When is lunch ready?

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