tēvzeme

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Latvian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1870 by A. Kronvalds, in parallel with its synonym tēvija, from tēvu (father[gen.]) +‎ zeme (land), as a calque of German Vaterland.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tēvzeme f (5th declension)

  1. fatherland, homeland (country or land seen as the land of one's ancestors)
    tēvzemei un brīvībaifor fatherland and freedom
    cik latviešu atgriezīsies tēvzemē no ārzemēm?how many Latvians will return to (their) fatherland from abroad?
    latviešu tautai Latvija ir tēvzeme, pasaulē vienīgā vieta, kur tā var īsti un pilnvērtīgi attīstīt savu valodu un kultūruto the Latvian people, Latvia is the fatherland, the only place in the world, where they can really and fully develop their language and culture

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References[edit]

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