See also: dröhne



Ca. 1600, from Middle Low German drōne (alongside more common drāne), from Old Saxon drāna, from Proto-West Germanic *drānu, from Proto-Germanic *drēnuz.

The Low German form replaced the older Middle High German tren(e), from Old High German treno. The word was originally masculine but became feminine in early modern German, probably under the influence of Biene (bee). The fact that drones were males was generally unknown. The aircraft sense is a semantic loan from cognate English drone.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʁoːnə/
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  • Hyphenation: Droh‧ne


Drohne f (genitive Drohne, plural Drohnen)

  1. drone (male bee)
    Coordinate terms: Bienenkönigin, Arbeiterin
  2. (aviation) drone (unmanned aircraft)
  3. (dated) sponger, parasite


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