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Etymology 1Edit

Old High German rîtari, Middle High German rîter, rîtære. Not of Proto-Germanic age, but an OHG formation from the verb rītan "to ride" (Anglo-Saxon rîdere and Old Icelandic ríðari are loans from OHG).

Low German has riddere, with short vowel and geminate. Middle High German forms seem to have varied between long and short vowel, rîter vs. riter, giving rise to the separate word Ritter "knight". Lachmann (1827) noted that Middle High German poetry avoided use of the word in rhyming position, indicating that the two forms were used interchangeably.[1]


Reiter m (genitive Reiters, plural Reiter, female Reiterin)

Reiter (widget)
  1. rider (one who rides (a horse))
  2. mounted man-at-arms, cuirassier
  3. (computing) tab (navigational widget in a GUI)


Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Old High German rîtera, attested as glossing cribrum; cognate with Anglo-Saxon hridder (English riddle (sieve)), from the same root *krey- as cribrum, κρίμνον (krímnon) (κρίνω (krínō)). Early New High German forms reyter, raiter, reuter.


Reiter f (genitive Reiter, plural Reiter)

  1. (archaic) winnowing sieve

Proper nounEdit

Reiter m or f (genitive Reiters)

  1. A surname​.

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ Georg Friedrich Benecke und Karl Lachmann, Iwein. Hartmann von Aue (1827).