See also: rat, rất, rät, and råt

EnglishEdit

 
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Proper nounEdit

Rat

  1. The first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

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GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Rath (obsolete)
  • Raht (obsolete; in use from the 16th to the end of the 18th century, uncommon in the 19th century, officially proscribed since 1902)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German rāt, from Old High German rāt, from Proto-West Germanic *rād, from Proto-Germanic *rēdaz.

Cognate with Dutch raad, English rede and read (n.)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʁaːt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aːt
  • Homophone: Rad (according to the standard pronunciation of that word)

NounEdit

Rat m (genitive Rates, plural Räte)

  1. advice, counsel
  2. council
  3. councilor, councillor

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Usage notesEdit

Note that Rat is simply a homograph of the English "rat". The general word for "rat" in German is Ratte, which is also cognate with the English.

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LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German ratta, perhaps from Proto-Germanic *rattaz, though the consonantism in High German is unexplained. Cognate with German Ratte, Dutch rat, English rat, Icelandic rotta.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Rat m or f (plural Raten)

  1. rat