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Middle Dutch[edit]


From Old Dutch herta, from Proto-Germanic *hertô, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr.


herte n or f

  1. heart
  2. heart as seat of emotion
    Synonym: sin
  3. heart, middle


This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative forms[edit]


  • Dutch: hart
  • Limburgish: hert
  • West Flemish: erte

Further reading[edit]

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited from Old English heorte, from Proto-West Germanic *hertā, from Proto-Germanic *hertô, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr.

Alternative forms[edit]



herte (plural hertes or herten or herte)

  1. The heart (organ, sometimes eaten).
  2. One's inner self; the mind:
    1. One's memory or recall; one's ability to remember.
    2. (rare) One's intuition or sixth sense.
  3. One's feelings, or beliefs; the heart viewed as a source of them:
    1. Positive emotions; cheerfulness, happiness.
    2. Bravery, resolve, or courage.
    3. Ardour, love; a strong and deep-seated liking of something.
    4. One's (inherent or current) attitude or behaviour.
    5. One's or religious feelings and attitudes.
      • c. 1340, Dan Michel, “Vridom”, in Ayenbite of Inwyt[1], page 86:
        Ac hy habbeþ hire heꝛten zuo areꝛed ine god: þet hi ne pꝛayſeþ þe woꝛdle: bote ane botoun. and hi ne dredeþ kyng. ne eꝛl. []
        But those who have their hearts inspired by God, who don't praise the world('s ways) even a bit and who don't fear kings, earls, []
    6. (rare) Faithfulness, fidelity; keeping one's words.
  4. One's intent or wish; what one wants.
  5. A heart-shaped trinket.
  6. The core or middle of something.
  7. (rare) Wood from the middle of a tree.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Alternative form of hert

Etymology 3[edit]



  1. Alternative form of hurten