Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/2021/May

This is the May archive of the Foreign Word of the Day for the year of 2021.

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Foreign word of the day  in Russian
шамбала́ (šambalá) noun
  1. (regional) fenugreek (plant and produce)
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Foreign word of the day  in Persian
شیرفش (širfaš) adjective
  1. (archaic, literary) lionlike, leonine
  2. (metaphorical, literary) courageous, valiant, or violent
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Foreign word of the day  in Portuguese
em bom português adverb
  1. (often with "dizer, falar: “to speak”) candidly, frankly (literally, “in good Portuguese”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Vietnamese
phấn noun
  1. (cosmetics) face powder
  2. (piece of) chalk (a piece of chalk used for drawing and on a blackboard)
  3. (botany) pollen
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Foreign word of the day  in Maltese
xedd verb
  1. (transitive) to harness, saddle, or load (a pack animal)
  2. (transitive) to put on or wear (clothes)
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Foreign word of the day  in Greek
χτικιάζω (chtikiázo) verb
  1. (transitive, colloquial) to make consumptive, to give tuberculosis
  2. (transitive, colloquial, figuratively) to make suffer, to torment, to torture, to plague
  3. (intransitive, colloquial) to become consumptive, to catch tuberculosis
  4. (intransitive, colloquial, figuratively) to suffer, to undergo hardship
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Foreign word of the day  in Thai
ของ (kɔ̌ɔng) noun
  1. thing; item; matter.
  2. possession; property; someone or something that is owned or possessed.
  3. (slang) occult thing, magical thing; the magic or occult science itself.
  4. (slang) talent; ability.
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Foreign word of the day  in German
Feierabend noun
  1. (obsolete) The evening before a holiday, eve.
  2. Quitting time, hometime; the workday's end and the evening following it, used for relaxation or leisure.
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The day before Ascension Day and Eid al-Fitr

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Foreign word of the day  in Middle English
soupen verb
  1. to have a meal (especially dinner)
  2. to feast or dine; to have a meal in company
  3. (figurative) to commune in Heaven
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Foreign word of the day  in Sanskrit
ऊर्ध्व (ūrdhvá) adjective, noun, preposition
  1. (adjective) rising or tending upwards, raised, elevated, erected, high, above
  2. (noun) height, elevation
  3. (preposition) in the sequel, in the later part (e.g. of a book or manuscript; because in Sanskrit manuscripts the later leaves stand above), subsequent, after (with ablative)
  4. (preposition) after, after the death of (+ ablative)
  5. (preposition) in a high tone, aloud
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Foreign word of the day  in Volapük
natapükik adjective
  1. Of, in, from or pertaining to a natural language.
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Foreign word of the day  in Arabic
شِيرَاز (šīrāz) noun
  1. (obsolete) yoghurt drained of whey
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Foreign word of the day  in Egyptian
bAk
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(bꜣk) verb
  1. (intransitive) to work (+ m: on (something); + n: for (someone))
  2. (intransitive) to render service
  3. (intransitive) to pay taxes
  4. (transitive) to produce or improve, to work
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Foreign word of the day  in French
itinérance noun
  1. (chiefly Quebec) Homelessness.
  2. (Europe) Pedestrian traveling done for pleasure; hiking; backpacking.
  3. (telecommunications) The ability to use a cell phone outside of its original registering zone; roaming.
  4. (literary) Act of traveling without a particular goal or destination.
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Hector Malot, author of Sans Famille, was born on this day in 1830

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Foreign word of the day  in Finnish
sähkö noun
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Focus week: Coinages; "Electricity" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was released as a single on this date in 1979

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Foreign word of the day  in Welsh
amgueddfa noun
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Focus week: Coinages

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Foreign word of the day  in Swedish
vargtimme noun
  1. an hour before dawn during which one is said to be most receptive for nightmares and crises
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Focus week: Coinages

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Foreign word of the day  in Chinese
日球 (Rìqiú) proper noun
  1. (astronomy, literary) the Sun
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Focus week: Coinages

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Foreign word of the day  in Italian
insemprarsi verb
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Focus week: Coinages

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Foreign word of the day  in Indonesian
sendratari noun
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Focus week: Coinages

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Foreign word of the day  in Dutch
breinbaas noun
  1. cunning mastermind, sly weasel (literally, “brain boss”)
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Focus week: Coinages

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Foreign word of the day  in Hindi
पाथना (pāthnā) verb
  1. (transitive) to press out cakes of dung
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Foreign word of the day  in Polish
bystrooki adjective
  1. sharp-eyed, bright-eyed (literally, “fast-eyed, shrewd-eyed”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Old Armenian
իշացուլ (išacʿul) noun
  1. a mythical hybrid creature, onocentaur (literally, “ass-bull”)
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Foreign word of the day  in Spanish
matasanos noun
  1. (colloquial, derogatory) quack (bad doctor)
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