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See also: trane and träne


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From Middle High German træne (tears), plural of trān m, a Central German variant of trahen, from Old High German trahan (tear). Doublet of Tran (“fish oil”, from Low German). Cognate with Dutch traan (tear; fish oil), Hunsrik Dreen. Possibly also related with German Zähre, English tear.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtrɛːnə/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ˈtreːnə/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
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  • Hyphenation: Trä‧ne


Träne f (genitive Träne, plural Tränen, diminutive Tränchen n or Tränlein n)

  1. tear (in the eye)
    • 1931, Arthur Schnitzler, Flucht in die Finsternis, S. Fischer Verlag, page 36:
      Er lächelte oder wollte vielmehr lächeln, denn plötzlich fühlte er seine Lippen zucken, Tränen stiegen ihm in die Augen, und er konnte sich eben noch mit Mühe zurückhalten, laut aufzuschluchzen.
      He smiled or rather wanted to smile, because suddenly he felt his lips twitching, tears rose to his eyes, and only with difficulty he could hold onto himself so as not to give a loud sob.



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