See also: erne, Erné, and Erne

Danish edit

Suffix edit

-erne

  1. Marks the plural definite of some nouns.

Usage notes edit

The nouns that inflect like this are mostly the same as those who get -er in the plural indefinite. menneske is a notable exception, being inflected mennesket, mennesker, menneskene (although the form menneskerne also occurs occasionally). Words ending in unstressed -er, such as forfatter, usually inflect -er, -eren, -ere, -erne.

Synonyms edit

Middle English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Old English -erne; see -ern for more.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /-ɛrn(ə)/, /-ərn(ə)/, /-rən(ə)/

Suffix edit

-erne

  1. (no longer productive) Suffix denoting belonging to or being in an area, cardinal direction, or ordinal direction.
    northerne "northern", southerne "southern", esterne "eastern", westerne "western", nihterne "during the night"

Descendants edit

  • English: -ern

Old English edit

Etymology edit

Akin to Old High German -rōni; see -ern for more.

Pronunciation edit

Suffix edit

-erne

  1. Adjective suffix occurring in names for directions
    norþernenorthern, sūþernesouthern, ēasterneeastern, westernewestern

Descendants edit