From Middle High German scheme m, f, from Old High German *skemo m, skema f, from Proto-Germanic *skimô, *skimō. The word meant “mask” in Upper German, but “shadow, silhouette” in Central and Low German; compare Middle Low German schēme, from Old Saxon skimo. The modern meaning is based on the northern usage, in part after Luther. Cognate with Middle Dutch scheme alongside the stem variant schim (“shadow”). Also related with German schimmern, English shimmer, Dutch schemering (“twilight”).
Schemen m (genitive Schemens, plural Schemen)
- an indistinct shape or shadow; a silhouette in the dark, in mist, etc.
- a sight of whose reality one is uncertain; an illusion, spectre, phantom
- plural of