Last modified on 5 October 2014, at 22:45
Character  å 
Unicode name LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
Unicode block Latin-1 Supplement
Codepoint U+00E5

TranslingualEdit

LetterEdit

å lower case (upper case Å)

  1. The letter a with a ring above, considered an individual letter by most languages where it is used.

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DanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

å (upper case Å)

  1. the last (29th) letter of the Danish alphabet

InflectionEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse á (ow!).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

å

  1. oh
  2. O
  3. well

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse á (river), from Proto-Germanic *ahwō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

å c (singular definite åen, plural indefinite åer)

  1. A small river; a creek; a big stream
InflectionEdit

FinnishEdit

LetterEdit

å (lowercase, uppercase Å)

  1. The third to last letter of the Finnish alphabet.

Norwegian BokmålEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ɔː/
  • (phoneme): IPA(key): /ɔː/, /ɔ/

LetterEdit

  • The 29th letter of the Norwegian alphabet.

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Etymology 1Edit

Formed by conjoining an "A" and an "a", with the lower case letter on top of the capital letter. The letter was invented in Germany during the late Middle Ages and was first introduced to Swedish in the 1500s. Thence it spread to Norway and Denmark, but it was first declared an official letter in the Norwegian alphabet in 1917.

LetterEdit

Å, å

  1. The last letter of the Norwegian alphabet.
Usage notesEdit

Before the letter's introduction in 1917, the sound it represents today (similar to the "a" in "all") was written with two As, Aa (this spelling can still be seen in some proper names, and in digital media, such as urls or e-mails, due using a keyboard where the letter doesn't exist or for fear of mojibake). The two As were originally a new form of the Old Norse á, whose representation was a long open a-sound (similar to the "a" in "father"). Gradually, it turned into the modern å-sound and the Aa was eventually replaced with Å.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse at, a preposition which originally meant "by" or "to". Related to Old Norse þat ("that") and English that. Also the origin of the Norwegian at and ad

ParticleEdit

å

  1. to (infinitive marker)
    Å løpe
    to run

Etymology 3Edit

From Old Norse ó, was used in the same sense.

InterjectionEdit

å

  1. To express different emotions, oh
    Å, er det deg?
    oh, is it you?
    Å gud, for et dårlig vær det er
    oh dear, look how bad the weather is
    Å, skitt, du har problemer!
    oh shit, you're in trouble!
  2. Used to make the message more urgent, pleading, or to underline it, oh
    Å, vær så snill, kan vi ikke dra?
    oh, please, can't we go?
  3. To express hesitation or dismissal, oh
    Å ja, sier du det?
    oh really, is that so?
    Hva skjedde?. Å, ingenting
    what happened here?. Oh, nothing.
    Å, jeg er ikke så sikker på det
    oh, I'm not so sure about that

Etymology 4Edit

From Old Norse á, related to Latin aqua (water).

NounEdit

å f, m (definite singular åa or åen, indefinite plural åer, definite plural åene)

  1. A small river; a creek; a big stream (used mostly in dialects, obsolete in writing)
    Mange bekker små gjør en stor å
    every little helps (literally: "Many small creeks make a big stream")

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Formed by conjoining an "A" and an "a", with the lower case letter on top of the capital letter. The letter was invented in Germany during the late Middle Ages and was first introduced to Swedish in the 1500's. From there it spread to Norway and Denmark, but it was first declared an official letter in the Norwegian alphabet in 1917.

LetterEdit

Å, å

  1. the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet
Usage notesEdit

Before the letter's introduction in 1917, the sound it represents today (similar to the "a" in "all") was written with two A's, Aa (this spelling can still be seen in some cases). The two A's was originally a new form of the Old Norse á, whose representation was a long open a-sound (similar to the "a" in "father"). Gradually it turned into the modern å-sound and the Aa was eventually replaced with Å.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse at, a preposition which originally meant "by" or "to". Related to Old Norse þat ("that") and English that. Also the origin of the Norwegian at and ad

ParticleEdit

å

  1. to (infinitive marker)
    Dei er vanskelege å sjå.
    They are hard to see.

Etymology 3Edit

From Old Norse preposition á (on, on top of).

PrepositionEdit

å

  1. used in certain fixed expressions regarding position
    Han fall å bak.
    He fell backwards. (literally: "he fell on back.")
    Ho låg å gruve.
    She was laying on her stomach.
  2. used in expressions regarding time
    Det er midt å natta.
    It's the middle of the night.

Etymology 4Edit

From Old Norse ó, was used in the same sense.

InterjectionEdit

å

  1. To express different emotions, oh
    Å, er det deg?
    oh, is it you?
    Å gud, for eit dårleg vêr det er
    Oh dear, what bad weather.
    Å skitt, du er i trøbbel!
    Oh no, you're in trouble!
  2. Used to make the message more urgent, pleading, or to underline it, oh
    Å, ver så snill, kan vi ikkje dra?
    oh, please, can't we go?
  3. To express hesitation or dismissal, oh
    Å ja, seier du det?
    oh really, is that so?
    Hva skjedde?. Å, ingenting
    what happened here?. Oh, nothing.
    Å, eg er ikkje så sikker på det
    oh, I'm not so sure about that

Etymology 5Edit

From Old Norse á, related to Latin aqua ("water").

NounEdit

å f (definite singular åa, indefinite plural åer, definite plural åene)

  1. A small river; a creek; a big stream (used mostly in dialects, obsolete in writing)
    Mange bekker små gjer ei stor å
    numerous small contributions give big results (literally: "Many small creeks makes a big stream")

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Skolt SamiEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

å (upper case Å)

  1. The thirty-fifth letter of the Skolt Sami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Southern SamiEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

å (upper case Å)

  1. The twenty-fifth letter of the Southern Sami alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Letter name
Phoneme

LetterEdit

å (lower case, upper case Å)

  1. the third to last letter of the Swedish alphabet, called å and written in the Latin script.

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse á, from Proto-Germanic *ahwō.

NounEdit

å c

  1. a river, a creek, a big stream
    Gå inte över ån efter vatten
    Don’t cross the stream to get water
DeclensionEdit
Usage notesEdit
  • Watercourses in Sweden and the other Nordic countries are in Swedish usually referred to as bäck, å or älv. An å is usually larger than a bäck (brook, creek) but smaller than an älv (large river). A certain large bäck may however be larger than a certain small å, and a certain large å may be larger than a certain small älv. The word to use about a certain watercourse is often included as part of its name: Göta älv, Stångån. There are regional differences in whether watercourses of a certain size tend to have å or älv in their names. All älvar are found north of Göteborg, but that is also where the largest rivers in Scandinavia are found. For some rivers in southern Sweden the word ström is used, since that is the watercourse word included in their names. Rivers in other parts of the world are usually referred to with the word flod, which is a more neutral word for any watercourse larger than a bäck.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse á, from Proto-Germanic *ana.

PrepositionEdit

å

  1. (obsolete except in certain expressions) on
Derived termsEdit