Schwester

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See also: schwester and Schwëster

Central Franconian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German swester. The native form, at least in western dialects, is Söster with swe-sü- (compare Dutch zuster). The modern form is based on German Schwester.

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Schwester f ‎(plural Schwestere, diminutive Schwesterche)

  1. sister
    Meng Schwester es net ens e Johr aaler wie ich.
    My sister is less than a year older than me.
  2. nun
  3. nurse

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German swester, from Proto-Germanic *swestēr, from Proto-Indo-European *swésōr. Compare Low German swester, Dutch zuster, English sister, Danish søster, Swedish syster.

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Noun[edit]

Schwester f ‎(genitive Schwester, plural Schwestern)

  1. sister
  2. (chiefly colloquial, short for Krankenschwester) nurse; by extension used to refer to any medical staff that is not a doctor (usually, but not necessarily, confined to female staff)
  3. nurse; used as a title of address for nurses
  4. (Christianity) sister; nun; used particularly, but not only, as a title of address

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