freond

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frijōndz, originally a present participle of the weak verb *frijōną (to love, to free) (Old English frēoġan), from Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy- ‘like, love’. Germanic cognates include Old Frisian friōnd, friūnd (West Frisian freon), Old Saxon friund (Low German Fründ), Dutch vriend, Old High German friunt (German Freund), Old Norse frǫndi, frjándi, frændi (Swedish frände, Danish frænde), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽𐌳𐍃 (frijōnds). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek πραυς (prafs), Albanian Prenda (goddess of love), perëndi (God), Slavonic *prьjatī (Old Church Slavonic приꙗти (prijati), Russian приять (prijatʹ)).

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frēond m

  1. a friend
    Se hlāford ne scrīfþ frēonde ne fēonde.
    The lord regards neither friend nor foe.
  2. a lover
    Sceal fémne hire freónd geséccan. — The maiden shall seek her lover.

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