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From Middle High German roum, from Old High German roum, from Proto-Germanic *raumaz. The expected modern form would be Raum, which has been ousted by a dialectal form due to the identicalness with Raum (room) (from Middle High German rūm). Dialects that have developed Middle High German -ou- into -ā- are found in south-eastern and central-western Germany. Cognate with Dutch room and English ream.



Rahm m (genitive Rahms or Rahmes, no plural)

  1. cream (milkfat)

Usage notesEdit

In German standard German, Rahm is used mainly in compounds (such as Rahmsoße, Sauerrahm etc.); otherwise Sahne is much more common. This is not necessarily true of colloquial varieties nor of standard German in Austria and Switzerland.


Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Creme (“cream” in the sense of “frosting”)

Further readingEdit

  • Rahm in Duden online