lounas

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Finnish[edit]

(index lo)

Etymology[edit]

From *lowna ("day, midday"). Cognates include Karelian lounat (evening/main meal), Veps louna, Votic lõunaz (south, lunch), Estonian lõuna (south, lunch), and Udmurt lun (lun). Permic cognates have the meaning "day", whereas Baltic-Finnic cognates denote the direction where the Sun is at midday or the meal eaten at midday.

The compass point meaning was clarified in the 19th century; in earlier text and dialects lounas may mean either south, southwest or southeast.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈlo̞unɑs]
  • Hyphenation: lou‧nas

Noun[edit]

lounas

  1. southwest
  2. lunch

Declension[edit]

Inflection of lounas (Kotus type 41/vieras, no gradation)
nominative lounas lounaat
genitive lounaan lounaiden
lounaitten
partitive lounasta lounaita
illative lounaaseen lounaisiin
singular plural
nominative lounas lounaat
accusative nom.? lounas lounaat
gen. lounaan
genitive lounaan lounaiden
lounaitten
partitive lounasta lounaita
inessive lounaassa lounaissa
elative lounaasta lounaista
illative lounaaseen lounaisiin
lounaihinrare
adessive lounaalla lounailla
ablative lounaalta lounailta
allative lounaalleˣ lounailleˣ
essive lounaana lounaina
translative lounaaksi lounaiksi
instructive lounain
abessive lounaatta lounaitta
comitative lounaineen

Usage notes[edit]

This word is a false friend of Estonian lõuna (south).

Related terms[edit]

Cardinal Directions

luode pohjoinen koillinen
länsi Compass rose simple plain.svg itä
lounas etelä kaakko

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Häkkinen, Kaisa (2004-2005). Nykysuomen etymologinen sanakirja. Juva: WSOY. ISBN 951-0-27108-X.

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