See also: kran

German edit

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Etymology edit

From Middle High German krane, from Old High German krano (crane), from Proto-West Germanic *kranō, from Proto-Germanic *kranô (crane).

The word was used metaphorically for the lifting device due to the similar appearance of the bird’s neck and head. This metaphorical use is first attested in Middle Dutch krane, and thence spread to several European languages (compare English crane, French grue). The sense “water tap” is restricted to a smaller territory (compare Dutch kraan, Luxembourgish Krunn).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʁaːn/
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  • Rhymes: -aːn

Noun edit

Kran m (strong, genitive Kranes or Krans, plural Kräne or Krane)

  1. crane (a lifting device)
    Bei Sturm darf ein Kran nicht umfallen.A crane must not fall over in the event of a storm.
  2. (regional, western Germany) tap, faucet
    Synonyms: Hahn, Wasserhahn, Pipe
    Der Kran in der Küche tropft.The tap in the kitchen is dripping.

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Descendants edit

  • Crimean Tatar: kran
  • Luxembourgish: Kran
  • Polish: kran
  • Serbo-Croatian:
    Cyrillic script: кран
    Latin script: kran
  • Ukrainian: кран (kran)

Further reading edit

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

Luxembourgish edit

Etymology edit

From German Kran. The originally Luxembourgish cognate is Krunn.

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Kran m (plural Kranen)

  1. crane (lifting machine)