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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmæs/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English messe, from Old English mæsse and Old French messe, both from Late Latin missa, from Latin mittō (to send, dismiss), compare French messe. In the ancient churches, the public services at which the catechumens were permitted to be present were called missa catechumenorum, ending with the reading of the Gospel. Then they were dismissed with the words: "Ite, missa est", the congregation is dismissed. After that the sacrifice proper began. At its close the same words were said to those who remained. So the word gave the name of Mass to the sacrifice in the Catholic Church. Compare Christmas, Lammas, Mess a dish, missal. Doublet of missa.

NounEdit

Mass (countable and uncountable, plural Masses)

  1. (Roman Catholic Church) The principal liturgical service of the Church, including a scripture service and a eucharistic service, which includes the consecration and oblation (offering) of the host and wine.
  2. A similar ceremony offered by a number of Christian churches.
  3. (music) A musical composition set to portions of the Mass.
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Etymology 2Edit

Shortening.

Proper nounEdit

Mass

  1. (informal) Massachusetts

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Proper nounEdit

Mass m

  1. A male given name.

Usage notesEdit

Patronymics

  • son of Mass: Massson
  • daughter of Mass: Massdóttir

DeclensionEdit

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative Mass
Accusative Mass
Dative Massi
Genitive Mass

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NounEdit

Mass

  1. Switzerland and Liechtenstein standard spelling of Maß.

Further readingEdit

  • Mass in Duden online

LuxembourgishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German misse, from Old High German missa (variant of messa), from Latin missa. Cognate with English mass, German Messe, Danish messe, Dutch mis.

NounEdit

Mass f (plural Massen)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) mass; Mass (kind of liturgical service)
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from French masse.

NounEdit

Mass f (plural Massen)

  1. mass (great quantity)
  2. paste, dough
  3. (physics) mass, weight
  4. (electronics) earth, ground