Schweizer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Schweizer ("Swiss person"). Doublet of Switzer.

Proper noun[edit]

Schweizer

  1. A surname​.

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German swīzer. Equivalent to Schweiz +‎ -er. The senses "doorman" and "milker" arose because Swiss people were commonly employed in Germany in those professions; the sense "sacristan" arose because sacristans' garb resembled that of the Swiss Guards. For the sense development compare also French Suisse (Swiss) : suisse (doorman).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

Schweizer (invariable)

  1. from, of, or pertaining to Switzerland

Usage notes[edit]

  • Words like this are indeclinable adjectives in modern German, as noted by the Duden, DWDS and other modern references. They originated as genitive plurals of substantives, as noted by 18th century grammarian Johann Christoph Adelung and 19th century linguist Hermann Möller: e.g. Berliner Pfannkuchen = Pfannkuchen der Berliner = "pancake of the Berliners". See -er.

Noun[edit]

Schweizer m (genitive Schweizers, plural Schweizer, feminine Schweizerin)

  1. Swiss person
  2. Swiss Guard
  3. milker, person who milks cows
  4. (Catholic) sacristan
  5. doorman

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