maat

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See also: Maat and mAat

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Afrikaans maat (mate, buddy). Doublet of mate.

Noun[edit]

maat (plural maats)

  1. (South Africa, slang) mate; buddy
    • 2007, William Higham, The Hammarskjold Killing, page 226:
      A lot of my maats went west.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch maat.

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Noun[edit]

maat (plural maats, diminutive maatjie)

  1. mate, buddy

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  • English: maat

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /maːt/
  • Hyphenation: maat
  • Rhymes: -aːt

Etymology 1[edit]

From older mate, which still exists in parallel with this form. From Middle Dutch mate, from Old Dutch *māta, from Proto-Germanic *mētō.

Noun[edit]

maat f (plural maten, diminutive maatje n)

  1. measure, size
  2. rhythm, beat
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Etymology 2[edit]

From a borrowing of Middle Low German māt, māte, from Old Saxon *gimato, of West Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *gamatjô, itself from *ga- (together) + *matjô, from *matiz (food).[1][2]

Cognate with Old High German gimazzo, English mate.

Noun[edit]

maat m (plural maten or maats, diminutive maatje n)

  1. mate, buddy
  2. (close) colleague, shipmate etc.
  3. low sailor rank
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “mate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

maat

  1. Nominative plural form of maa.

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Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

maat (nominative plural maats)

  1. (nautical) mast

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