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From Middle Dutch sāke, from Old Dutch *saka, from Proto-West Germanic *saku, from Proto-Germanic *sakō.

Cognate with English sake, West Frisian saak (cause; business), Low German Saak, German Sache (thing; matter; cause; legal cause), Yiddish זאַך (zakh), Danish sag, Swedish and Norwegian sak, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌾𐍉 (sakjō, dispute, argument).


  • IPA(key): /zaːk/
  • Audio:(file)
  • Hyphenation: zaak
  • Rhymes: -aːk



zaak f (plural zaken, diminutive zaakje n)

  1. A thing, matter (general term with for a concept other than animate beings).
    Synonym: ding
  2. A matter, affair, business.
    Synonyms: kwestie, vraagstuk
    Het is voor de gemeente ook een lastige zaak.
    It's also a cumbersome matter for the municipality.
    Wat je in je prive leven doet is je zaak.
    What you do in your private life is your business.
  3. A business, commercial enterprise, store, shop.
    Synonyms: bedrijf, handel, onderneming, winkel
  4. (law) A court case, law suit.
    Synonym: rechtszaak

Derived terms


- business

- legal


  • Negerhollands: saake, saek
  • Caribbean Javanese: sag