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See also: zéit and zèit



From Middle High German zīt, from Old High German zīt, from Proto-Germanic *tīdiz, from Proto-Indo-European *déh₂itis (time, period), from *deh₂y- (divide). Cognate with Low German Tiet, Tied, Dutch tijd, English tide, Danish tid. Also cognate, more distantly, with English time.


  • IPA(key): [tsaɪ̯t]
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  • Hyphenation: Zeit


Zeit f (genitive Zeit, plural Zeiten)

  1. time (as a concept)
  2. time of day (clipping of Uhrzeit.)
  3. period, era (time in the past)
    • 1978 , Heinz Kloss, Die Entwicklung neuer germanischer Kultursprachen seit 1800 (Sprache der Gegenwart 37), 2nd ed., p. 192 (cp. p. 181):
      In der mittelniedersächsischen Zeit war das Sassische [= Niedersächsische (Nds.)] auch hier die Schriftsprache. Doch war sie nicht ganz so stark vom Mittelniedersächsischen Lübischer Prägung beeinflußt wie in Norddeutschland.
      In the Middle Low Saxon time/period, Low Saxon was the written language here too. However, it was not quite as strongly influenced by the Middle Low Saxon of Lübian character as it was in Northern Germany.
  4. stint (e.g. in the army)
  5. (grammar) tense




Hyponyms of Zeit

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Derived adjectives and adverbs from Zeit
Derived nouns from Zeit

Proper noun[edit]

Zeit m or f (proper noun, surname, masculine genitive Zeits or (with an article) Zeit, feminine genitive Zeit, plural Zeits)

  1. A surname​.

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Pennsylvania German[edit]


Compare German Zeit, Dutch tijd, English tide.


Zeit f (plural Zeide)

  1. time