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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]

From Old English heorte, from Proto-Germanic *hertô, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr.

Alternative forms[edit]



herte (plural hertes or herten or herte)

  1. The heart (organ in animals (sometimes as meat) and people).
  2. One's inner self; the mind or intellect:
    1. One's recollection or recall; one's ability to remember.
    2. (rare) One's intuition or sixth sense.
  3. One's feelings and beliefs, or the heart viewed as a source of them:
    1. Positive emotional feelings; cheerfulness, happiness.
    2. Bravery, resolve, or the heart viewed as a source of them.
    3. A person's temperament, attitude or behaviour.
    4. One's present mental state or attitude; how one feels.
    5. Ardour, lovingness; a strong and deep-seated liking of something.
    6. One's soul 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, []
    7. (rare) Faithfulness, fidelity; keeping one's words.
  4. What one wants, especially compared to the reality of one's actions.
  5. A heart-shaped trinket made of a specified material.
  6. The core, middle, or nexus of something.
  7. (rare) Wood from the interior section of a tree.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English heorot.



  1. Alternative form of hert