Nacht

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German nacht, from Old High German naht, from Proto-West Germanic *naht, from Proto-Germanic *nahts, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts. Akin to Dutch nacht, English night, Danish nat, Gothic 𐌽𐌰𐌷𐍄𐍃 (nahts).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /naxt/
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Noun[edit]

Nacht f (genitive Nacht, plural Nächte)

  1. night
    Die Nacht war lang und frostig.
    The night was long and chilly.
  2. darkness
    Sie wurden von der Nacht verschlungen.
    They were engulfed by the darkness (of the night).

Usage notes[edit]

  • In contemporary German, Nacht is used somewhat differently than English night. Although Nacht can be a general term for the dark hours of the day, when used as a time measurement it refers only to those hours when most ordinary people are in bed (roughly 11 p.m. till 6 a.m.). So while one says in English: “Let's have a beer tonight!”, in German one needs to say: Lass uns heute Abend ein Bier trinken! (“Let's have a beer this evening!”)
  • In English, one says in the night, in the day referring to a time of day, but on that night, on that day referring to a date. German, instead, always uses in with Nacht and always uses an with Tag (except when the latter simply means “time, era”, e.g. in jenen Tagen (in those days)).
  • A (masculine) genitive Nachts occurs only in the phrases des Nachts (at night) and eines Nachts (one night) and alone as the adverbial genitive nachts.

Declension[edit]

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

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Hunsrik[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • naacht (Wiesemann spelling system)

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German naht, from Proto-West Germanic *naht, from Proto-Germanic *nahts (night), from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Nacht f (plural Necht)

  1. night
    Die Nacht is kalt.
    The night is cold.

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German nacht, from Old High German naht, from Proto-West Germanic *naht, from Proto-Germanic *nahts, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts. Compare German Nacht, Dutch nacht, English night.

Noun[edit]

Nacht f (plural Nachde)

  1. night