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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German brief, from Old High German briaf, which is borrowed from Latin breve, a neuter form of Latin brevis (short). Cognates include Middle Dutch and Dutch brief, Old Norse bréf, Old Saxon brēf (all of them borrowed from Latin)[1][2] and English brief.

PronunciationEdit

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbʁiːf/
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  • Rhymes: -iːf

NounEdit

Brief m (genitive Briefs or Briefes, plural Briefe)

  1. letter (written message)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1989), “Brief”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 22nd edition, →ISBN
  2. ^ brief; in: J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere, "Etymologisch Woordenboek", Uitgeverij Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1986 (14de druk)

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Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German Brief, Dutch brief, English brief.

NounEdit

Brief m (plural Brief)

  1. letter (written message)
  2. package