Stab

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See also: stab, STAB, stáb, and štab

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German stap, stab, from Old High German stab, from Proto-West Germanic *stab.

Cognate with English staff, Dutch staf, Swedish stav, Old Norse stafr. The meaning co-workers is secondary: in the German word Generalstab (General Staff) the meaning changed from the staff as a symbol of authority to the group of military officers and later to any group of co-workers.[1]

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Noun[edit]

Stab m (strong, genitive Stabes or Stabs, plural Stäbe, diminutive Stäbchen n)

  1. rod, staff, baton
  2. staff (employees)
  3. (heraldry) palet

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Descendants[edit]

  • Polish: sztab m
  • Russian: штаб m (štab)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge (1989), “Stab”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological Dictionary of the German Language] (in German), 22nd edition, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN

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