beļģis

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Latin Belgae (Belgians), the name of a group of Gallo-Germanic tribes living in the area of present-day Belgium, apparently from Proto-Celtic *bolg-, *belg- (to swell (with anger, battle fury)), i.e., originally this tribal name would have meant “the people who swell with anger or battle fury.”

Noun[edit]

beļģis m (2nd declension, feminine form: beļģiete)

  1. (male) Belgian (i.e., a man born in Belgium)
    ierazdamies izstādē uz visu dienu, beļģi, sevišķi mazturīgākie, ņem ldīzi arī ēdienu — having come to the exhibition for the whole day, the Belgians, especially the less well-off, take (their own) food along
  2. (genitive plural) Belgian; pertainig to Belgium and its people
    beļģu mākslaBelgian art
    beļģu frankiBelgian francs (old currency)

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Usage notes[edit]

The two synonyms beļģis and beļģietis, when referring to an individual from Belgium, appear to be fully interchangeable. In the plural, beļģi is much more frequently used than beļģieši.

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