mál

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Faroese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *maþlą.

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive singular máls, plural mál)

  1. language
  2. speech
  3. talk
  4. matter
  5. (law) cause
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n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mál málið mál málini
Accusative mál málið mál málini
Dative máli málinum málum málunum
Genitive máls málsins mála málanna
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą, whence also English meal. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *meh₁- ‎(to measure).

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive singular máls, plural mál)

  1. measurement, size
Declension[edit]
n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mál málið mál málini
Accusative mál málið mál málini
Dative máli málinum málum málunum
Genitive máls málsins mála málanna
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Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *maþlą.

Noun[edit]

mál n ‎(genitive singular máls, nominative plural mál)

  1. language
  2. speech
  3. matter, affair
  4. (law) cause
  5. (informal) a big deal
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse mál, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą, whence also English meal. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *meh₁- ‎(to measure).

Noun[edit]

mál n ‎(genitive singular máls, nominative plural mál)

  1. measurements, a size, dimensions
  2. a system of measurement
  3. the appropriate time for something
    Er ekki mál að fara?
    Isn't it time to go?
  4. a meal, mealtime
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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *maþlą, whence also Old Saxon mahal, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌸𐌻 ‎(maþl).

Noun[edit]

mál n

  1. language
  2. speech
  3. matter, affair
  4. (law) cause
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mēlą ‎(measure, time, occassion), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *meh₁- ‎(to measure). Cognate with Old English mǣl, Old Frisian mēl, Old Saxon māl, Old High German māl, Gothic 𐌼𐌴𐌻 ‎(mēl, time, hour).

Noun[edit]

mál n (genitive máls, plural mál)

  1. measurement, size
  2. time
  3. meal, mealtime
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Etymology 3[edit]

From the same Germanic source as Old Saxon māl and Gothic 𐌼𐌴𐌻 ‎(mēl), used by Ulfilas to translate Ancient Greek γραφή ‎(graphḗ) and γράμμα ‎(grámma). Related to Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 ‎(maljan) (translating γράφω ‎(gráphō, draw, write)) and German malen ‎(to paint).

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mál n

  1. a work of art inlaid in metal, especially on weapons