Schöffe

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German scheffe, scheffene, from Old High German sceffino. Cognate with Dutch schepen and borrowed Latin scabinus (whence French échevin). The alternative forms Schöppe and Schöpfe, which were widely used in writing until the 19th century, are due to influence by the verb schöpfen (Central German schöppen).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃœfə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Schöf‧fe
  • Rhymes: -œfə

Noun[edit]

Schöffe m (genitive Schöffen, plural Schöffen, feminine Schöffin)

  1. (Germany, Austria, and generally) a lay judge, an assistant judge
  2. (Belgium, Luxembourg) a deputy mayor (for French échevin)

Usage notes[edit]

  • See Wikipedia for the system of lay judges in Germany.

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