Proto-Germanic *friþuz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy- (“like, love”). Cognates include Old Frisian fretho, Old English friþ, Old High German fridu (German Frieden), Old Norse friðr (Icelandic friður, Swedish and Danish fred), Dutch vrede. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek πραυς, Common Slavic *prijati (Old Church Slavonic прити) and *prijatel ‘friend’, Old Irish ríar (Welsh rhydd ‘free’).
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