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




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]


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veļa f (4th declension)

  1. linens, cloth, towel
    galda veļa‎ ― table linen, tablecloth
    gultas veļa‎ ― bed linen, bed clothes
    kokvilnas veļa‎ ― cotton towel
    ārstnieciskā veļa‎ ― medical linen
  2. undergarments, underwear
    miesas veļa‎ ― body linen, underwear
    triko veļa‎ ― knitted underwear
  3. laundry, washing, wash (of clothes)
    veļu (iz)mazgāt‎ ― to wash clothes, the linen
    veļas mazgājamā/mazgāšanas mašīna‎ ― washing machine
    veļas ziepes, pulveris‎ ― washing soap, powder
    veļas diena‎ ― laundry day
    veļas mazgātava‎ ― launderette, laudromat



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