ambacht

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch ambacht, from Old Dutch ambacht, from Proto-Germanic *ambahtaz, from Gaulish ambaxtos, from Proto-Celtic *ambaxtos. The same source has led to the form ambt. Cognate with German Amt.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑmbɑxt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: am‧bacht

Noun[edit]

ambacht n (plural ambachten, diminutive ambachtje n)

  1. handcraft, artisanry
  2. a feudal corporation of craftsmen from one (group of) artisanal profession(s)
    Synonym: ambachtsgilde
  3. (historical) legal district
    1. judicial jurisdiction of a schout (reeve)
    2. a few of the above turned into an allodium
      Synonym: ambachtsheerlijkheid
    3. former (Dutch) district for dike management, notably in West Frisia and until 1864 in Rijnland.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: ambag
  • Indonesian: ambah
  • Negerhollands: ambacht