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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words 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 Proto-Balto-Slavic *meilas; from Proto-Indo-European *m(e)ilH-lo-; from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁y-. Cognate with Lithuanian mielas (nice, sweet, cute), Latvian mīls (dear, cherished, beloved), Old Prussian mijls (dear), Latin mitis (mild, mellow), Greek μείλιον (meílion, pleasant gift)



  1. dear, nice, gentle, mild, soft, pleasant, polite


This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) , “ми́лый”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) , “mitis”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 383


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) , “*mìlъ”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 317: “adj. o (a) ‘sweet, dear’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) , “milъ mila milo”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “a (SA 23, 107, 110; PR 133; MP 22)”