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From Middle High German wonunge, from Old High German wonunga, from Proto-Germanic *wunungō, equivalent to wohnen +‎ -ung. Related to Dutch woning (house, residence), English woning (dwelling-place). More at woning.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvoːnʊŋ/
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Wohnung f (genitive Wohnung, plural Wohnungen)

  1. domicile; dwelling; lodging; abode; accommodation (any place someone lives in for a span of time longer than a holiday)
  2. (especially) flat; apartment (such a place when it occupies only part of a building)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Wohnung almost invariably refers to a flat when used of some specific place, as in unsere neue Wohnung (our new flat). When used more generally, without a particular place in mind, this association is less pronounced and Wohnung may be used as a broad term for any abode.



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Further reading[edit]

  • Wohnung” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Wohnung” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Wohnung” in Duden online