ولاد

North Levantine ArabicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic أَوْلاد(ʾawlād).

NounEdit

ولاد (wlād)

  1. children; boys; sons
    1. plural of ولد(walad, boy)
    2. plural of ابن(ibin, son)

Usage notesEdit

  • In the singular there is a distinction between “boy” and “son”, which is lost in the plural. Compare بنت(bint), بنات(banāt), which mean both “girl[s]” and “daughter[s]”.
  • ولاد (wlād) is also used generically in both cases, thus meaning “children” both in the sense of “underage people” and “offspring”. In order to explicitly specify the masculine صبيان(ṣibyān, ṣubyān) may be used.

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