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The term vecāki ‎(parents) constitutes a nominalized use of the comparative plural form of the adjective vecs ‎(old) and a calque of German Eltern ‎(parents). In previous centuries it was also used in the sense of “ancient ones,” “ancestors,” “elders,” “wise ones;” in the 20th century, its meaning had become restricted to “parents.” Previously, combinations like tēvs un māte “father and mother” or tēvs māmiņa (lit. “father-mommy”).[1]


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  1. nominative plural masculine form of vecāks


vecāki m (1st declension)

  1. (of people) parents (someone's father and mother)
    vecāku mīlestībaparents' love, parental love
    vecāku tiesībasparental rights
    mani vecāki bija apprecējušies normālā vecumā — my parents had married at the normal age
  2. (biology) parent, parental (an organism which has created other organisms)
    jaunie organismi atšķiras no vecākiem — young, new organisms differ from (their) parents
    bedzimumvairošanās procesā piedalās tikai viens vecāku organisms, no kura somatiskajām šūnām vai atsevišķām daļām veidojas divi vai vairāki jauni organismi — in the process of asexual reproduction, only one parental organism participates, from whose somatic cells or separate parts two or more new organisms are formed



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