karalis on Latvian Wikipedia
Anglijas karalis Edvards I Plantagenets (1272-1307)
Karalis (3)


Borrowed from Lithuanian karãlius, itself a borrowing from Belarusian каро́ль (karólʹ), ultimately from the name of Charlemagne (cf. Latin Carolus, German Karl, Karol). Introduced by Atis Kronvalds in 1870. It soon became popular, possibly because of its similarity with Russian король (korolʹ, king) and its apparent connection to karš (war), and mostly replaced the earlier Germanism ķēniņš.[1]




karalis m (2nd declension, feminine form: karaliene)

  1. king (the monarch of a kingdom; the title of this monarch)
    Anglijas karalisthe king of England
    skotu karalisthe king of Scots
    karaļa dinastijaroyal dynasty
    kronēt karalito crown the king
  2. king (the most important, influential or outstanding member of a group)
    Zagroba ir cirku karalisZagroba is the circus king
    zvēru karalisthe king of animals, beasts
  3. (chess) king (the most important piece, the capture of which signals the end of a game of chess)



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Chess pieces in Latvian · [Term?] (layout · text)
karalis dāma tornis laidnis zirdziņš bandinieks


  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992) , “karalis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN