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ein ostfriesisches Pferd — an East Frisian horse.


From Middle High German phert, pherit, pferift (riding horse), from Old High German pherit, pfarifrit, parafred, from Late Latin paraverēdus (originally “substitute post horse”). Largely displaced the native word Ross. Compare Dutch paard.


  • IPA(key): /pfeːrt/, [pfeːɐ̯t] (prescriptive standard; overall rare)
  • IPA(key): /feːrt/, [feːɐ̯t], [fɛɐ̯t] (common in northern and central Germany)
  • IPA(key): /pfɛrt/, [pfɛrt], [pfɛɐ̯t] (common in southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • (file)
  • Homophone: fährt (some speakers)


Pferd n (genitive Pferdes or Pferds, plural Pferde, diminutive Pferdchen n or Pferdlein n, female Stute, male Hengst)

  1. horse
    Meine Mutter hat ein Pferd und das ist sehr süß.
    My mother has a horse and he is very cute.
    Mein Pferd ist zu schnell.
    My horse is too fast.
  2. (chess) knight

Usage notes[edit]



  • (horse): Gaul m; Ross n (both regional, except in specific senses)
  • (chess): Springer m



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Related terms[edit]

Chess pieces in German · Schachfiguren, Schachsteine (layout · text)
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König Dame, Königin Turm Läufer Springer, Pferd, Ross, Rössel Bauer

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Further reading[edit]

  • Pferd” in Duden online