Zufall

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Zufall.

Proper noun[edit]

Zufall (plural Zufalls)

  1. A surname, from German​.

Statistics[edit]

  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Zufall is the 33990th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 669 individuals. Zufall is most common among White (95.96%) individuals.

Further reading[edit]


German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Early Modern High German zuoval, a calque of Latin accidēns; see zufallen. Attested in the 15th century.[1] Cognate with Dutch toeval.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡suːˌfal/
  • (file)
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Zufall m (genitive Zufalls or Zufalles, plural Zufälle)

  1. chance, coincidence, randomness
    Ich habe ihn heute per Zufall getroffenI encountered him by chance today.
  2. (obsolete, often in the plural) Synonym of Anfall (fit; seizure)
    • 1924, Thomas Mann, Der Zauberberg [The Magic Mountain], volume 1, Berlin: S. Fischer, page 65:
      Das sei nichts für ihn, er brauche einen vernünftigen Luftdruck, sonst kriege er Zufälle.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (2002), “Zufall”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 24th edition, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN

Further reading[edit]

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