guten Tag

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short for ich wünsche einen guten Tag! (“I wish [you] a good day!”), hence the accusative form of the adjective.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɡuːtn̩ ˈtaːk/
  • (Germany)
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Interjection[edit]

guten Tag

  1. hello, good day, good afternoon (greeting said when meeting or acknowledging someone)

Usage notes[edit]

Used primarily from late morning to late afternoon (i.e. about 10:00 to 18:00).

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