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Once variants ‎(tvímyndir; a different spelling, pronunciation, or form of the same word) of foreldri ‎(a parent).[1] It is rare that a word's gender differs between grammatical numbers, but modern dictionaries generally list them as two distinct words — even though their form and declension is similar.[1] The reason for this disparity in usage is the masculine word's lack of singular form.[1]



foreldrar m pl ‎(plurale tantum)

  1. (plural only) parents; (mother and father, or any combination thereof) (genealogical abbreviation for.)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term is masculine when used in the plural but neuter when used in the singular foreldri ‎(a parent).[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 foreldrar — foreldri
  2. ^ foreldrar at Beygingarlýsing íslensks nútímamáls