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

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

AdjectiveEdit

echt (comparative echter, superlative echtst)

  1. authentic, true, genuine, real
    Synonyms: waar, heus
    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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DescendantsEdit
  • Afrikaans: eg
  • Petjo: echt, echies
  • Papiamentu: echt

Etymology 2Edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

NounEdit

echt m (uncountable)

  1. The institution marriage, matrimony.
    In de echt verbinden
    to bind in matrimony
    Synonym: huwelijk
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GermanEdit

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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
    Die Jacke ist aus echtem Leder.
    The jacket is made of genuine leather.
    • 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)
  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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AdverbEdit

echt

  1. (chiefly colloquial) really; indeed
    Das war echt gut.That was really good.

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Further readingEdit

  • echt” in Duden online