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From Middle High German teil, Old High German teil, from Proto-West Germanic *daili, akin to Old Saxon dēl, cognate with English deal, Dutch deel, Swedish del, Norwegian Bokmål del, Norwegian Nynorsk del, Danish del. Doublet of Deal.


  • IPA(key): /taɪ̯l/, [tʰaɪ̯l], [tʰae̯l], [d̥ɛɪ̯l]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯l


Teil m (strong, genitive Teiles or Teils, plural Teile)

  1. part, piece (of a whole, often in relation to living things or an abstract concept)
    zum großen Teil.largely.
  2. fraction of a whole
    Antonyms: Ganzes, Ganzheit, Gesamtheit
    • 1913, Fanny zu Reventlow, Herrn Dames Aufzeichnungen, Albert Langen, page 59:
      Als wir kamen, stand ein großer Teil der Gesellschaft im ersten Zimmer um den Tisch versammelt.
      When we arrived, a large part of the party stood in the first room assembled around the table.



Teil n (strong, genitive Teiles or Teils, plural Teile)

  1. part, piece (a physical object which is used in a greater one, often in relation to inanimate objects)
  2. (colloquial) thing (any object, not limited to those which are part of a greater object)
  3. (colloquial) piece of clothing
  4. (slang) penis (see U.S. slang usage of thing)


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Further reading[edit]

  • Teil” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Teil” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Teil” in Duden online
  • Teil on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de