GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle Low German brēgen, from Old Saxon *bregin, *bragan, from Proto-West Germanic *bragn, from Proto-Germanic *bragną. Cognate with Old English bræġn, Dutch brein, English brain.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbreːɡən/, [ˈbʁeːɡŋ̍], [-ɡən]
  • (file)

NounEdit

Bregen m (strong, genitive Bregens, no plural)

  1. (regional, chiefly Northern Germany) (animal) brain
    Synonym: Hirn
  2. (humorous) head
    Synonym: Schädel

Usage notesEdit

  • The simple noun is chiefly restricted to the technical language of butchers, farmers, huntsmen; but Bregenwurst is a common term for a traditional sausage in northern Germany.

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge (1883), “Brägen”, in John Francis Davis, transl., Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, published 1891

Further readingEdit

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