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See also: ross and Roß



From Scottish Gaelic for 'promontory' or 'headland'. See Ross and Cromarty


Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English and Scottish habitational surname derived from any of several places of that name, from Scottish 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 census-designated place in Ohio.
  6. A city/town in Texas.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.
  8. A small town on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand.

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Alemannic German[edit]


Ross n

  1. (Uri) horse
    Synonym: Kawall




Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle High German ros (horse), from Old High German ros, hros (horse), from Proto-Germanic *hrussą (horse), cognate with English horse, Old English hors (horse).


  • IPA(key): /ʁɔs/
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Ross n (genitive Rosses, plural Rosse or Rösser, diminutive Rösschen n or 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, Siegfried, 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, derogatory) 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 plurals Rosse and Rösser are equally acceptable and roughly equally common, though the former is traditionally preferred in written standard German.


Derived terms[edit]

  • Walross (originally from North Germanic)

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]

  • Ross in Duden online