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Borrowed from Swedish rote.


  • IPA(key): /ˈruo̯tu/, [ˈruo̞̯t̪u]
  • Rhymes: -uotu
  • Syllabification: ruo‧tu



  1. (historical, military) In the forced conscription system (often translated as "allotment system" into English, see Wikipedia article linked above) valid in Finland from 1682 to 1901, a group of estates responsible for providing an armed soldier for the crown.
  2. (historical, military) Smallest operative grouping in the armed forces of Sweden consisting of 12 to 20 men, corresponding roughly to the platoon of modern armies.
  3. (idiomatic) order, discipline; chiefly in the expressions laittaa (joku) ruotuun ("to discipline, impose order on someone"), poiketa ruodusta ("to step aside, deviate from the right or proper path, especially from an ideological point of view") and pysyä ruodussa ("to toe the line, fall in line").


Inflection of ruotu (Kotus type 1/valo, t-d gradation)
nominative ruotu ruodut
genitive ruodun ruotujen
partitive ruotua ruotuja
illative ruotuun ruotuihin
singular plural
nominative ruotu ruodut
accusative nom. ruotu ruodut
gen. ruodun
genitive ruodun ruotujen
partitive ruotua ruotuja
inessive ruodussa ruoduissa
elative ruodusta ruoduista
illative ruotuun ruotuihin
adessive ruodulla ruoduilla
ablative ruodulta ruoduilta
allative ruodulle ruoduille
essive ruotuna ruotuina
translative ruoduksi ruoduiksi
instructive ruoduin
abessive ruodutta ruoduitta
comitative ruotuineen
Possessive forms of ruotu (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person ruotuni ruotumme
2nd person ruotusi ruotunne
3rd person ruotunsa

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