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See also: schön


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German scōn, scōne ‎(beautifully, appropriately, completely), from Old High German scōno ‎(beautifully); cognate with schön ‎(beautiful).[1]


  • IPA(key): /ʃoːn/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ʃɔn/ (alternatively in central and southern Germany)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -oːn, -ɔn



  1. already; yet
  2. admittedly; surely; indeed
    Ja, schon‎ ― Yes, admittedly.
Usage notes[edit]
  • (already): Schon is more frequent than its English equivalents. It is often used to emphasize the earliness of an action. With reference to the passage of time, the opposite of schon is erst. While schon emphasizes how soon something will happen, erst emphasizes how long it is until it happens. Thus schon in drei Wochen means "in only three weeks", while erst in drei Wochen means "not for another three weeks".
  • (already): In order to stress schon another fitting adverb of time is usually added: “Are you done already?” → Bist du jetzt schon fertig? Putting stress on schon itself is also possible but less common.
  • (admittedly): Schon frequently expresses agreement to a statement by someone else, particularly if one concedes to a particular argument while continuing to disagree in general. For example: Niedrigere Steuern heben den Konsum.Das ist schon richtig, aber... ("Lower taxes increase consumption." – "That is indeed true, but...")

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]




  1. Imperative singular of schonen.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of schonen.


  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1975). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 21st edition. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 675.