houvast

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From houd vast, the imperative of vasthouden (to hold tight onto). Compare English holdfast.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɦɑu̯vɑst/
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Noun[edit]

houvast n or m (plural houvasten)

  1. grip, grasp
  2. something to hold onto (physically or emotionally), support, solace