oħt

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic أُخْت(ʾuḵt), from Proto-Semitic *ʾaḫwat-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

oħt f (plural aħwa)

  1. sister; female sibling
    oħtokyour sister
    oħt missieruhis father’s sister, his paternal aunt

Usage notes[edit]

  • The singular of this word is typically used only in the construct state, that is with a possessive suffix or with a following noun. As distinct from the word ħu (brother), there may be occasional exceptions to this restriction. The plural does not have it at all, but is equally the plural of ħu and thus means “siblings”. Meanings like “a sister” are usually paraphrased, e.g. waħda mill-aħwa (literally one of the siblings). For “he has a sister”, one says għandu oħtu (literally he has his sister).

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