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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



From earlier *kъnęgъ. By consensus ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz. A minority position instead takes the word as native Proto-Slavic *kun-ingo- (protruding, prominent) (*kъnъ +‎ *-ędzь) and borrowed into Proto-Germanic.


*kъ̏nędzь m[1][2]

  1. prince


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Further reading[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “князь”, in Этимологический словарь русского языка [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), transl. & suppl. by Oleg Trubachyov, Moscow: Progress
  • Trubachyov, Oleg, editor (1987), “*kъnęzь”, in Этимологический словарь славянских языков [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), issue 13 (*kroměžirъ – *kyžiti), Moscow: Nauka, page 200


  1. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001), “kъnęʒь”, in Common Slavic Accentological Word List, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “c (SA 158, 171, 174; PR 137)”
  2. ^ Snoj, Marko (2016), “knẹ̑z”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar [Slovenian Etymology Dictionary] (in Slovene), 3rd edition, “*kъ̏nęgъ”