See also: bau, BAU, báu, baú, bầu, bậu, and ba'u

GermanEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German , bou, from Old High German . The plural form Bauten is that of the related Low German Bute (building), from Middle Low German bûwete. The singular Baute did not catch on in standard German.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /baʊ̯/, [baʊ̯]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊ̯

NounEdit

Bau m (genitive Baus or Baues, plural Bauten or Baue)

  1. building, construction (the act of constructing)
    Synonyms: Bauen, Errichtung, Konstruktion
    Antonyms: Abriss, Vernichtung, Zerstörung
  2. building site, construction site (place where such constructing takes place)
    Synonym: Baustelle
  3. building, construction, edifice (built-up structure, house)
    Synonyms: Gebäude, Bauwerk, Konstruktion
  4. burrow (of an animal, especially under ground)
  5. (colloquial) prison, jail
    Synonyms: Gefängnis, Kittchen, Knast

Usage notesEdit

  • Nowadays the plural is Bauten for “buildings” and Baue for “burrows”. The other senses do not have a common plural form.
  • A third plural Bäue with umlaut is obsolete.

DeclensionEdit

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Further readingEdit

  • Bau” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Bau” in Duden online

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German . Cognate with German Bau, Dutch bouw, Swedish bo.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bæu̯/, [bæˑʊ̯]

NounEdit

Bau m (plural Bai)

  1. building
  2. building site

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