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Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English and Scottish habitational surname derived from any of several places of that name, from Gaelic ros "headland".
  2. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since early nineteenth century.
  3. A town in California.
  4. A city/village in North Dakota.
  5. A CDP in Ohio.
  6. A city/town in Texas.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.

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From Middle High German ros ‎(horse), from Old High German hros, ros ‎(horse), cognate with English horse, Old English hors ‎(horse).



Ross n ‎(genitive Rosses, plural Rösser or Rosse, diminutive Rösslein n)

  1. (regional or poetic) horse
    • 1876
      ... Dort seh’ ich Grane, mein selig Roß: \ wie weidet er munter der mit mir schlief! \ Mit mir hat ihn Siegfried erweckt. — Richard Wagner, Siegfried, Dritter Aufzug, Dritte Szene.
      I see Grane there, my trusty steed: \ how happily he grazes, he who was asleep like me! \ Siegfried woke him along with me. — Richard Wagner, Seigfried, Act 3, Scene 3.
    • 1914
      Wir werden uns wehren bis zum letzten Hauch von Mann und Roß - His Majesty the Emperor of Germany Wilhelm II, An das Deutsche Volk
  2. (regional, pejorative) stupid person, moron

Usage notes[edit]

  • Ross is a normal word for “horse”, alongside Pferd, in many parts of southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In northern and central Germany, Ross is not part of the colloquial vocabulary and is perceived as poetic, archaic, or restricted to noble riding horses.
  • The normal plural is Rösser. The plural Rosse is equally acceptable, but less frequent.


Related terms[edit]

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

Derived terms[edit]

  • Walross (originally from North Germanic)

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External links[edit]

  • Ross in Duden online