meitene

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Latvian[edit]

Meitene (1)
Meitene (2)

Etymology[edit]

From meita (daughter, girl) +‎ -ene. First attested in 18th-century sources, at first only as “little girl,” later on also as “young woman.”[1]

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meitene f (5th declension)

  1. girl (female child, up to approximately 18 years of age)
    čakla meitenediligent girl
    meiteņu skolagirls' school
    meiteņu korisgirls' choir
    meitene ar bizītēma girl with braids
    meiteņu apģērbigirls' clothes
    rotaļās gāja zēni un meitenesthe boys and the girls went to play
    dūšīga sieva ar trim meitenēm, vecumā no desmit līdz četrpadsmit gadiema robust woman with three girls, aged from ten to fourteen years
  2. young woman
    sarīkojumu organizēja ceha meitenesthe girls of the workshop organized the event
    Edīte bija jauna meitene, ar mundru gaitu un vēl bērnišķīgu sejuEdīte was a young woman with a lively gait and a still child-like face
  3. girl, girlfriend (a young woman in which a man is romantically interested)
    katram puisim bija vai nu sieva, vai sava meiteneevery young man had either a wife or a girl(friend)
    Tiju Galotni visvairāk interesēja tas, vai Alvils Dzeguze atnāks viens vai kopā ar savu meiteniTija Galotne was interested above all in whether Alvils Dzeguse came back alone, or with his girl(friend)

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References[edit]

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