vaan

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch vāne, from Old Dutch *fano, from Proto-Germanic *fanô.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vaːn/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: vaan
  • Rhymes: -aːn

Noun[edit]

vaan f or n (plural vanen, diminutive vaantje n)

  1. vane, small flag (often pointed or pronged)
  2. banner, battle standard
    Synonyms: banier, krijgsstandaard, standaard
  3. weathervane
    Synonyms: windvaan, windwijzer
  4. (historical, otherwise archaic) A measure of volume for beer and other drinks, equivalent to about 5 litres.

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally a dialectal and interchangeable variant of vain. The differences in use were introduced as a part of the standard language.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɑːn/, [ˈʋɑːn]
  • Rhymes: -ɑːn
  • Syllabification: vaan

Conjunction[edit]

vaan

  1. but (... instead)
    Se ei ole musta, vaan punainen.
    It is not black, but red.
  2. yet (but, however)
    Vaan kuinka väärässä olinkaan.
    Yet how wrong I was.
  3. (colloquial) Alternative form of vain (all senses)
    Elämä on unta vaan. > Elämä on unta vain.
    Life is but a dream.
    Sä annoit mulle vaan kaks' euroo. > (Sinä) annoit minulle vain kaksi euroa.
    You gave to me only two euros.

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