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See also: tanu, tänu, tạnu, and tanʉ



Borrowed from a Turkic language before the times of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin (at the turn of the 9th and 10th centuries). Compare Uyghur tanuq, Tatar tanïk.[1]


  • IPA(key): [ˈtɒnuː]
  • Hyphenation: ta‧nú


tanú (plural tanúk)

  1. witness (someone called to give evidence in a court)
  2. witness (someone called upon to witness an event or action, such as a wedding or the signing of a document)


Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative tanú tanúk
accusative tanút tanúkat
dative tanúnak tanúknak
instrumental tanúval tanúkkal
causal-final tanúért tanúkért
translative tanúvá tanúkká
terminative tanúig tanúkig
essive-formal tanúként tanúkként
essive-modal tanúul
inessive tanúban tanúkban
superessive tanún tanúkon
adessive tanúnál tanúknál
illative tanúba tanúkba
sublative tanúra tanúkra
allative tanúhoz tanúkhoz
elative tanúból tanúkból
delative tanúról tanúkról
ablative tanútól tanúktól
Possessive forms of tanú
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. tanúm tanúim
2nd person sing. tanúd tanúid
3rd person sing. tanúja tanúi
1st person plural tanúnk tanúink
2nd person plural tanútok tanúitok
3rd person plural tanújuk tanúik

Derived terms[edit]

(Compound words):


  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN




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