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Alternative formsEdit

  • Küssen (occasionally until 20th c.)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German küssen, from Old High German kussīn (ca. 900), from Old French cussin, variant of coussin, coissin, from Vulgar Latin *coxīnus, derived from Latin coxa. The form Kissen with dialectal unrounding was standardised to avoid homophony with küssen (to kiss). Cognate with Dutch kussen, English cushion, French coussin.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɪsən/
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NounEdit

Kissen n (genitive Kissens, plural Kissen, diminutive Kisschen n)

  1. cushion; pillow (bag filled with soft material used to sit or rest one’s head on)
  2. (by extension, in the plural) all the soft parts of a bed, i.e. mattress, duvet, and pillow collectively

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