See also: erbe



  • IPA(key): /ˈɛrbə/, [ˈʔɛɐ̯bə], [ˈʔɛʁbə]

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German erbe, from Old High German erbi, from Proto-Germanic *arbiją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃erbʰ- (to change ownership). Cognate with Dutch erf (yard), obsolete English erf. Related with German Arbeit (work).


Erbe n (genitive Erbes, no plural)

  1. inheritance; heritage; legacy; bequest (property that is bequeathed and inherited)
  2. (figuratively) heritage (anything that is passed down from preceding generations, e.g. genes, values, attitudes, traditions, etc.)
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Some of these derivatives may also be from erben, which see for more.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle High German erbe, from Old High German erbo, arbeo, from Proto-Germanic *arbijô.


Erbe m (genitive Erben, plural Erben, female Erbin)

  1. heir
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Further readingEdit

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