- A surname.
From Middle High German wirt, wiert, wurt, wert, from Old High German wirt (“host”), from Proto-Germanic *werduz. Cognate with Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌳𐌿𐍃 (wairdus), Dutch waard,, Danish vært and Swedish värd. The sense “caretaker; someone responsible”, which is found in compounds, developed from the sense of “host; innkeeper” due to the latter's responsibilities for his guests. However, in many cases this use is based on a backformation from Wirtschaft (“economy”), particularly in academic titles like Betriebswirt, Volkswirt.
Wirt m (strong, genitive Wirtes or Wirts, plural Wirte, feminine Wirtin)
- pubkeeper; innkeeper
- (dated) host (someone who receives a guest)
- Synonym: Gastgeber
- (biology) host (organism infested with a parasite)
- (only in compounds) agent; caretaker; someone responsible or knowledgeable
Declension of Wirt [masculine, strong]
Wirt m or f (proper noun, surname, masculine genitive Wirts or (with an article) Wirt, feminine genitive Wirt, plural Wirts)
- a surname
- ^ Friedrich Kluge (1989), “Wirt”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological Dictionary of the German Language] (in German), 22nd edition, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN