klēts

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Latvian[edit]

Klēts

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as the verb celt (to raise); the actual form underwent metathesis (*keltis > *klētis > klēts). The original meaning was probably “raised, elevated building.” Cognates include Lithuanian klė́tis, Old Prussian clenan, Old Church Slavonic клѣть (klětǐ), Russian клеть (klet'), Belarusian клець (klec'), Ukrainian кліть (klit'), Bulgarian клет (klet), Czech klec, Polish kleć. (Some researchers believe that the Slavic terms result from an early borrowing from Baltic.)[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

klēts f (6th declension)

  1. granary, barn (storage building for grain or animal feed)
    labības klēts — wheat granary
    savest, sabērt ražu klētīs — to bring, to store the harvest in the granaries, barns
    klēts apcirkņigranary bins
    Ukraina bija Padomju savienības maizes klēts — Ukraine was the breadbasket of the Soviet Union

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “klēts” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.