See also: -echt and Echt

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German echt (real). The German term originates from Middle Low German echt (lawful, genuine), contraction of ehacht, variant form of ehaft (lawful, pertaining to the law) from ê(e) (law, marriage).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛkt/
    • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

echt (comparative more echt, superlative most echt)

  1. proper, real, genuine, true to type
    • 2009, January 18, “Ross Douthat”, in When Buckley Met Reagan[1]:
      An echt Burkean with a snob’s disdain for the contemporary Republican Party, Hart hinted at a road not taken [] .
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, Penguin, p.8
      I had heard [the phrase] in Lamb House, Rye, but it was less echt Henry James than Henry James mocking echt Meredith.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch echt, from Old Dutch *ēhaft, from Proto-West Germanic *aiwahaft.

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AdjectiveEdit

echt (comparative echter, superlative echtst)

  1. authentic, true, genuine, real
    Synonym: waar
    Antonyms: onecht, nep, vals

InflectionEdit

Inflection of echt
uninflected echt
inflected echte
comparative echter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial echt echter het echtst
het echtste
indefinite m./f. sing. echte echtere echtste
n. sing. echt echter echtste
plural echte echtere echtste
definite echte echtere echtste
partitive echts echters

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AdverbEdit

echt

  1. really, truly

NounEdit

echt m (uncountable)

  1. marriage, matrimony
    In de echt verbinden
    to bind in matrimony

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German echt, borrowed from Middle Low German echt (lawful, genuine). The original form is Middle Low German ēhaft (lawful), from ē (law) (related to modern Ehe); then ēhacht by the Low German development -ft--cht- (compare Nichte); and eventually contracted into echt. Cognate to Old High German ēhaft (honourable) and Dutch echt.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

echt (comparative echter, superlative am echtesten)

  1. authentic, genuine, true
    • 1994, “Es möchte echt sein”, in In Echt, performed by Die Sterne:
      Hallo Lexikon, erklär mir wie das funktioniert / Es möchte echt sein / Echt
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    Die Jacke ist aus echtem Leder.
    The jacket is made of genuine leather.
  2. (chiefly colloquial) real; factual
    Synonyms: wirklich, tatsächlich
    Der Film ist nah an der echten Geschichte.
    The film is close to the real story.
  3. (mathematics) proper
    echte Teilmengeproper subset

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: echt

AdverbEdit

echt

  1. (chiefly colloquial) really; indeed

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Further readingEdit

  • echt in Duden online