Waise

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German weiso; cognate with Dutch wees.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Waise f (genitive Waise, plural Waisen)

  1. (strict sense) female orphan
  2. (broad sense) orphan

Usage notes[edit]

Today this noun is chiefly feminine, but in older stages of German it was either masculine or feminine.

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

Waise m (genitive Waisen, plural Waisen, feminine Waise f or Waisin, diminutive Waischen)

  1. orphan

Further reading[edit]

  • Waise” in Duden online
  • Waise” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache