kardeş

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Turkish karın (womb) -daş (fellow, sharer). karındaş with the meaning ‘pregnant’ which got a semantic shift into modern karnaş and kardeş meaning ‘sibling’ i.e. wombmates from karın (womb, abdomen, stomach-please).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kardeş (definite accusative kardeşi, plural kardeşler)

  1. sibling (brother or sister)

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

There is no distinction between brother and sister in Turkish.

Gender is specifically indicated if a distinction is necessary; erkek kardeş (literally boy/man sibling) means “brother” and kız kardeş (literally girl sibling) means “sister”.

Further reading[edit]

  • kardeş in Turkish dictionaries at Türk Dil Kurumu
    • ^ A Story of Life & Death and Love & War, H.M. Hubey. Montclair State University, 1997/1998. doc + pdf. direct pdf-file.