veļa

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See also: vela, Vela, vēla, vêla, velá, veļā, and vēlā

Latvian[edit]

Veļa

Etymology[edit]

Derived from the stem of the verb velt (to full, walk (cloth)). At first used only to refer to clothes that were to be fulled; the modern meanings 'linen', 'undergarment', 'bed clothes' are attested only from the 19th century on.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

veļa f (4th declension)

  1. linens, cloth, towel
    galda veļatable linen, tablecloth
    gultas veļabed linen, bed clothes
    kokvilnas veļacotton towel
    ārstnieciskā veļamedical linen
  2. undergarments, underwear
    miesas veļabody linen, underwear
    triko veļaknitted underwear
  3. laundry, washing, wash (of clothes)
    veļu (iz)mazgātto wash clothes, the linen
    veļas mazgājamā/mazgāšanas mašīnawashing machine
    veļas ziepes, pulveriswashing soap, powder
    veļas dienalaundry day
    veļas mazgātavalaunderette, laudromat

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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