eeuw

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch ewe, eeu, from Old Dutch ēwa, from Proto-Germanic *aiwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- (vital force). Cognate with Old High German ēwa, Old Frisian ēwe, Latin aevum (era, eternity) etc., but unique in acquiring the meaning 'century'.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

eeuw m, f (plural eeuwen, diminutive eeuwtje n)

  1. century, 100 years
  2. many years
  3. (by extension) a very long time, far too long, (an) eternity

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References[edit]

  • Dr. P.A.F. van Veen e.a., Etymologisch Woordenboek. De herkomst van onze woorden., Van Dale Lexicografie, 1989 [Dutch etymological dictionary, in Dutch]