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From Hurrian [script needed] (ašti, woman; wife).

Alternatively, from Proto-Armenian *ast (fiancée, bride), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ḱ-ti(h₂)-, *ph₂ḱ-teh₂- (betrothal, engagement; betrothed (girl), fiancée, bride), from *peh₂ǵ-, *peh₂ḱ- (to fasten, strengthen); cognate with Latin paciscor (to negotiate, arrange; to make a settlement or come to terms; to engage oneself in marriage to).


աստեմ (astem)

  1. (transitive) to look for a bride, ask in marriage


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  • Diakonoff, Igor M. (1985), “Hurro-Urartian Borrowings in Old Armenian”, in Journal of the American Oriental Society[1], volume 105, issue 4, pages 597–603
  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “աստել”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press
  • Martirosyan, Hrach (2010), “astem”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 8), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 119