senatne

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A 19th-century neologism, from sens ‎(ancient) +‎ -atne (or perhaps from the adverb sen, q.v.), coined in 1869 by A. Kronvalds, following the pattern of jauns ‎(new), jaunatne ‎(youth) (originally “recent times”). Kronvalds also used the word senība in the same sense, which he had either heard from a dialect (it is attested as a dialectal term) or then created independently, following the example of Lithuanian senýbė. Only senatne remained in the stardard literary language.[1]

Noun[edit]

senatne f (5th declension)

  1. antiquity, ancient times, distant past
    tautas senatne — a people's distant past
    senatnes pieminekļiancient monuments (lit. monuments of antiquity)
    sirma senatne — high (lit. gray) antiquity
    tālā senatne — distant antiquity

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  1. ^ “sens” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7