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From Middle Low German stāt, from Middle Dutch staet, probably via Old French estat from Latin stātus. The semantic development was influenced by cognate modern French état.


  • IPA(key): /ʃtaːt/
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  • Rhymes: -aːt


Staat m (genitive Staats or Staates, plural Staaten)

  1. country; state (sovereign political entity)
  2. state; authorities (the political and administrative system of such an entity)
    • 1932, Erich Mühsam, Die Befreiung der Gesellschaft vom Staat, in: Erich Mühsam: Prosaschriften II, Verlag europäische ideen Berlin (1978), page 253:
      Immer wieder hören wir die Frage von Personen, denen die Gedankenwelt des Anarchismus nicht vertraut ist: Was wollt ihr eigentlich? Wie stellt ihr euch eine Gesellschaft ohne Staat und Obrigkeit vor?
      Again and again we hear the question from people who are not familiar with the world of ideas of anarchism: What do you actually want? How do you imagine a society without state and authorities?
  3. state (non-sovereign territory in some countries, including the United States)
  4. (archaic) entourage of a sovereign or prince
  5. (dated) fine appearance; fine clothing
    SonntagsstaatSunday best

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