Gespann

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈʃpan/
  • Rhymes: -an
  • Hyphenation: Ge‧spann

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German gespan (clasp; frame, welt), from Old High German gespan (clasp; chain, bracelet), from Proto-Germanic *ga- *spannaną. Equivalent to ge- (collective prefix) +‎ spannen (to span, yoke).

Cognate with Middle Dutch gespan (clasp; pair; troup), whence modern Dutch gespan, and Old English ġespan (joining, fastening together; clasp; yoke), whence probably modern English span (pair of horses). The original sense present in all of the old languages seems to be “clasp, device for joining”. The sense “people or animals joined together” apparently only since the 16th century in High German, but in Dutch at least since the 14th century.

NounEdit

Gespann n (genitive Gespannes or Gespanns, plural Gespanne)

  1. team (of yoked animals)
  2. a group of close partners, especially a pair of two
  3. horse and cart, horse and carriage; oxcart
  4. a caravan of connected vehicles
  5. (Switzerland) a lath framework
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Etymology 2Edit

From Hungarian ispán.

NounEdit

Gespann m (genitive Gespannes or Gespanns, plural Gespanne)

  1. Alternative form of Gespan
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